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Orbit. 2013 Jun;32(3):166-70. doi: 10.3109/01676830.2013.774026. Epub 2013 Apr 25.

A reliable surgical technique for the management of growing fractures of the frontal bone involving the orbit.

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Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Ophthalmology, Manchester, United Kingdom. benwhile@doctors.org.uk

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Growing fractures involving the orbit occur infrequently. Due to the risk of neurological trauma and the ophthalmic sequelae of progressive intraorbital expansion of the fracture, surgical management is indicated. There is no accepted standard in the approach to the surgical management of these patients. The aim of this paper is to describe a reliable technique for the repair of growing fractures and discuss the long-term outcome.

METHODS:

We present two cases in which a technique using Norian CRS® (Craniofacial Repair System) fast set putty over a Medpor® scaffold was used to repair a growing fracture.

RESULTS:

This technique provides a secure repair with a good functional and cosmetic outcome.

CONCLUSIONS:

Growing fractures occur in the paediatric population so it is important to ensure that the repair does not restrict or adversely affect future bone growth. One case has been followed-up for over 10 years and has maintained normal growth.

PMID:
23617683
DOI:
10.3109/01676830.2013.774026
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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