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Growing skull fractures.
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PMID:  16404643     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Growing skull fractures are a rare complication of head injuries (Ersahin et al. in Neurosurg Rev 23:139-144, 2000; Hayashi et al. in Childs Nerv Syst 13:349-351, 1997; Ramamurthi and Kalyanaraman in Neurosurgery 32:427-430, 1970; Zegers et al. in Eur J Pediatr 162:556-557, 2003). Although early diagnosis and prompt treatment are important to prevent the underlying progressive brain damage, the clinical presentation and the morphological investigations are rarely specific or sensitive shortly after the trauma. DISCUSSION: The authors present three cases of growing skull fractures: the use of ultrasonography (US) via the fracture line contributed to early diagnosis and prompt treatment in two cases. US was not performed in the third case, and this delayed management. Treatment consisted of a watertight duraplasty with a free flap of pericranium without cranioplasty. US via the fracture line appears to be a sensitive and reliable method of detecting the dural tears in the early stages of growing skull fractures. CONCLUSION: Duraplasty alone with a flap of pericranium remains the simplest and least expensive method of treatment. Cranioplasty is not necessary in young children.
V de P Djientcheu; A K Njamnshi; P Ongolo-Zogo; M Kobela; B Rilliet; A Essomba; M A Sosso
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2006-01-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0256-7040     ISO Abbreviation:  Childs Nerv Syst     Publication Date:  2006 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-23     Completed Date:  2007-01-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503227     Medline TA:  Childs Nerv Syst     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  721-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Neurosurgery Service, Central Hospital of Yaounde, Yaounde, Cameroon.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Disease Progression
Infant, Newborn
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
Skull Fractures / pathology*,  surgery*,  ultrasonography
Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods
Ultrasonography / methods

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