What is a craniotomy for a hemorrhagic stroke?

In the treatment of hemorrhagic stroke, there are different surgical procedures for preventing a second hemorrhage, depending on the cause of the bleeding.

For hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhages, the surgeon may remove excess blood from the hematoma (mass of accumulated blood), to lessen pressure. This procedure, known as a craniotomy, is particularly effective in people with large cerebellar hemorrhages who are deteriorating neurologically, cerebellar hemorrhages with brainstem compression, or hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid in the ventricles).

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