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J Craniofac Surg. 2005 Jan;16(1):181-5.

Cranial bone grafting for orbital reconstruction: is it still the best?

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Institute for Craniofacial and Reconstructive Surgery, Providence Hospital, 16001 W Nine Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075, USA.


A variety of etiologies may result in functional and aesthetic deficiencies requiring orbital reconstruction. These are discussed, as are some of the possible repair techniques. In the current study, a randomized, retrospective chart review of one surgeon's experience with orbital reconstruction using cranial bone grafts was performed. The results of the chart reviews are presented, including preoperative diagnosis, clinical signs and symptoms, and postoperative findings. This study allowed a comparison and contrast to be made between exogenous materials and autogenous bone for orbital reconstruction. The differences between cranial and iliac bone as autogenous sources of reconstructive material were examined. The study indicates that cranial bone grafting for reconstruction of the orbit remains the material of choice.

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