Karen is a 58 year old who had headaches. Her MRI showed a right sided tumor with smooth borders arising from the dura, or covering of the brain. The tumor enhanced, or appeared bright, with contrast. The brain around the tumor was compressed and demonstrated some swelling.
Karen opted for surgery after watching the tumor for a year and noting a small amount of growth. Given her age, this tumor would likely become even more problematic during her lifetime.
During surgery, a craniotomy was performed. The tumor was coagulated from the outside to decrease its blood supply.
The dura around the tumor was cut. The tumor was under pressure, so started to come out by itself.
The brain underlying the tumor was carefully protected and appeared healthy.
After removing the tumor, the dura was replaced with a substitute graft that was sewn in.
The craniotomy was secured with titanium plates and screws.
Karen made a full recovery and her headaches improved.
Disclaimer: Although this is a real patient, I have used a different name for privacy protection and added a few details for educational purposes.