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Outcome analysis of helmet therapy for positional plagiocephaly using a three-dimensional surface scanning laser.
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PMID:  19258908     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: A dramatic rise in positional plagiocephaly has been noted over the last decade. Methods for treating and following outcomes are varied. We present our results from a passive soft helmet molding therapy using a surface scanning laser to provide objective outcomes. METHODS: One hundred seventy-five infants with positional plagiocephaly were treated at our institution over a 6-month period. The helmets used were soft foam helmets modified to fit each patient. Results were measured using a three-dimensional surface scanning laser and objective measurements of asymmetry. Compliance was also documented. RESULTS: The scanning laser allowed for objective measurements of symmetry over time and was useful in following outcomes. Improvement in head shape was noted after about 4 months of therapy. Patients who were more compliant with therapy achieved better results. CONCLUSION: Use of the three-dimensional scanning laser and objective scoring system shows significant improvement in patients who were compliant with helmet therapy.
James T Thompson; Lisa R David; Benjamin Wood; Anne Argenta; Jordan Simpson; Louis C Argenta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of craniofacial surgery     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1536-3732     ISO Abbreviation:  J Craniofac Surg     Publication Date:  2009 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-23     Completed Date:  2009-08-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9010410     Medline TA:  J Craniofac Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  362-5     Citation Subset:  D    
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Equipment Design
Follow-Up Studies
Frontal Bone / pathology
Head Protective Devices*
Imaging, Three-Dimensional / methods*
Lasers / diagnostic use*
Occipital Bone / pathology
Patient Compliance
Plagiocephaly, Nonsynostotic / therapy*
Temporal Bone / pathology
Treatment Outcome

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