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Deformation of cranioplasty titanium mesh in a paediatric patient following head trauma
  1. Basel Sharaf,
  2. Malke Asaad,
  3. Joseph Banuelos and
  4. Jesse Meaike
  1. Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Basel Sharaf, sharaf.basel{at}


Decompressive craniectomy is a life-saving procedure performed to treat intracranial hypertension caused by a variety of conditions. Subsequent cranioplasty reconstruction is needed for brain protection. Different alloplastic materials with different advantages and disadvantages are available for cranial reconstruction. We present the first case of a deformed titanium cranioplasty mesh in a paediatric patient following head trauma. Children who have undergone cranioplasty reconstruction should be counselled to wear a protective helmet when involved in contact sports or activities that may put their implant at risk of trauma.

  • plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • surgery
  • neurosurgery
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  • Contributors BS was responsible for the concept and critically edited the manuscript. MA wrote the paper and did literature review. JB did literature review and contributed to figures. JM collected the data and critically edited the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Parental/guardian consent obtained.

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