Drawing of a craniotomy showing a section of the scalp that has been pulled back to remove a piece of the skull; the dura covering the brain has been opened to expose the brain. The layer of muscle under the scalp is also shown.

Craniotomy: An opening is made in the skull and a piece of the skull is removed to show part of the brain.

From: Childhood Craniopharyngioma Treatment (PDQ®)

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