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Using bioabsorbable fixation systems in the treatment of pediatric skull deformities leads to good outcomes and low morbidity.
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PMID:  23099613     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Bioabsorbable fixation systems have been widely employed in pediatric patients for cranial reconstruction, obviating the complications of hardware migration and imaging artifact occurring with metallic implants. Recent concern over complications unique to bioabsorbable materials, such as inflammatory reaction and incomplete resorption, necessitates additional conclusive studies to further validate their use in pediatric neurosurgery and craniofacial surgery. Likewise, long-term follow-up in this clinical cohort has not previously been described. METHODS: We included consecutive pediatric patients under the age of 2, from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, who underwent cranial vault reconstruction with the use of a bioabsorbable fixation system between 2003 and 2010. Hospital records were queried for patient characteristics, intraoperative data, and postoperative complications. RESULTS: Ninety-five patients with the following preoperative pathologies were analyzed: craniosynostosis (87), cloverleaf skull (5), frontonasal dysplasia (1), and frontonasal encephalocele (2). Median age was 6 months (range 1-24 months). Average case duration was 204 minutes (range 40-392 min), with median of 154 mL blood loss (range 30-500 mL). Ninety-three percent of patients had 1-4 plates implanted with 48 % receiving three plates. The median number of screws used was 59 (range 0-130). The median length of hospital stay was 4 days (range 2-127 days) with an average follow-up of 22 months (five postoperative visits). The complications related to hardware implantation included swelling (1 %) and broken hardware (1 %), the latter of which required reoperation. DISCUSSION: The bioabsorbable fixation systems for cranial vault reconstruction in children less than 2 years of age is safe with tolerable morbidity rates.
Melanie G Hayden Gephart; Joslyn I Woodard; Robert T Arrigo; H Peter Lorenz; Stephen A Schendel; Michael S B Edwards; Raphael Guzman
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1433-0350     ISO Abbreviation:  Childs Nerv Syst     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503227     Medline TA:  Childs Nerv Syst     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA, 94304, USA.
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