A 32-year-old man undergoing awake craniotomy for tumor resection was previously diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-typically a relative contraindication for awake craniotomy. Preoperative neurocognitive assessment and counseling by a neuroanesthesiologist and neuropsychologist were undertaken to characterize his PTSD, identify triggers, and prepare him for the intraoperative events. Dexmedetomidine and remifentanil were used as intraoperative anxiolytics and analgesics. With an emphasis on open communication, the patient tolerated the awake craniotomy without complications. This case highlights the importance of multidisciplinary approach and meticulous perioperative preparation in successfully managing a patient who might otherwise be contraindicated for awake craniotomy.
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