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Anesthesiology Research and Practice
Volume 2010, Article ID 241307, 11 pages
Review Article

Preoperative Assessment of Adult Patients for Intracranial Surgery

Department of Anesthesia, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 2S8

Received 13 October 2009; Revised 27 January 2010; Accepted 4 March 2010

Academic Editor: Sibylle Kozek-Langenecker

Copyright © 2010 Vanitha Sivanaser and Pirjo Manninen. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The preoperative assessment of the patient for neurosurgical and endovascular procedures involves the understanding of the neurological disease and its systemic presentation, and the requirements of the procedure. There is a wide spectrum of different neurosurgical disorders and procedures. This article provides an overview of the preoperative evaluation of these patients with respect to general principles of neuroanesthesia, and considerations for specific intracranial and vascular neurosurgical and interventional neuroradiological procedures.