Awake Surgery for a Violin Player: Monitoring Motor and Music Performance, A Case Report


Objective: We report the case of a professional violin player who underwent an awake craniotomy to resect a tumour in the left supplementary motor area, an area involved in motor planning. Method: A careful pre- and intraoperative monitoring plan for music performance and complex motor function was established that could be used in combination with cortical stimulation. Results: The patient suffered an epileptic seizure during cortical stimulation. The monitoring of complex motor and musical functions was implemented with the patient playing the violin while the resection was performed. Almost complete resection was achieved with no notable postoperative deficits contributing to functional impairment . Conclusions: The multidisciplinary approach, involving neurosurgery, neuropsychology, anaesthesiology, and clinical neurophysiology, allowed us to successfully cope with the theoretical and practical challenges associated with tailored care for a professional musician. The music and motor monitoring plan is reported in detail to enable other sites to reproduce and adapt it accordingly.

In: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 34 (1), 132-137