Dexmedetomidine as Rescue Drug During Awake Craniotomy for Cortical Motor Mapping and Tumor Resection

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Dexmedetomidine, approved for providing sedation in the critical care environment, is also used during awake craniotomies to facilitate procedures such as cortical mapping. Herein, we describe the use of dexmedetomidine as a rescue drug during awake craniotomy avoiding conversion to general anesthesia, thus allowing completion of cortical mapping.

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