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J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2011 Sep;39(6):435-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jcms.2010.10.003. Epub 2010 Nov 4.

A treatment algorithm for patients with large skull bone defects and first results.

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Department of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, Maastricht University Medical Center, P. Debyelaan, NL-6202 AZ Maastricht, The Netherlands. bernd.lethaus@mumc.nl

Abstract

Large skull bone defects resulting from craniotomies due to cerebral insults, trauma or tumours create functional and aesthetic disturbances to the patient. The reconstruction of large osseous defects is still challenging. A treatment algorithm is presented based on the close interaction of radiologists, computer engineers and cranio-maxillofacial surgeons. From 2004 until today twelve consecutive patients have been operated on successfully according to this treatment plan. Titanium and polyetheretherketone (PEEK) were used to manufacture the implants. The treatment algorithm is proved to be reliable. No corrections had to be performed either to the skull bone or to the implant. Short operations and hospitalization periods are essential prerequisites for treatment success and justify the high expenses.

PMID:
21055960
DOI:
10.1016/j.jcms.2010.10.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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