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J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Sep;23(5):1404-6.

Clinical outcome of cranioplasty with high-density porous polyethylene.

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Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Plastic Surgery Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Science, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

High-density porous polyethylene (Medpor) has long been used in cranioplasty and is still one of the best materials for calvarial reconstruction. Calvarial defects can be effectively reconstructed with fewer complications by using Medpor. This article reports our study on the use of Medpor in reconstructing calvarial defects.

METHODS:

Twenty-three patients who underwent cranioplasty from 1999 to 2011 were included in this study. In all patients, Medpor was used for calvarial defect reconstruction, and all were followed up for at least 6 months.

RESULTS:

Most patients were satisfied with the reconstructive outcome. Only 1 patient had an infection and 1 had transient extradural seroma. All complications occurred within 2 years, and no new complications were found during the long-term follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS:

Using Medpor in cranioplasty is an effective method for reconstructing calvarial defects.

PMID:
22948631
DOI:
10.1097/SCS.0b013e31825e3aeb
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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