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Neurosurg Rev. 2001 Jul;24(2-3):83-7.

A new method for surgical repair of impression fractures of the cranial vault and frontal sinus with rivet-like titanium clamps.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Klinikum Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany.


Conventional methods of stabilizing fragments in cranial impression fracture include the use of threads, wires, plates, etc. A new approach to facilitate this surgery is the use of titanium clamps, presented here in five cases, including one with frontal sinus fracture. Surgery was performed on admission day, with the exception of the sinus fracture. Compared with the use of mini- and microplates, the procedure was simple and short. The fixation was very rigid and the esthetic result excellent in all five cases. Skin irritation was minimal, compared with that from miniplates. Computed tomography and MRI compatibility due to artifacts are identical to those with miniplates.

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