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A Method for Combining Thin and Thick Malleable Titanium Mesh in the Repair of Cranial Defects.

Lau D, McDermott MW - Cureus (2015)

Bottom Line: A 30-year-old woman presented with painless proptosis and was found to have a hyperostosing right sphenoid wing meningioma.Postoperative CT imaging demonstrated symmetric re-approximation of the shape of the pterion as compared to the opposite side.We present a method for connecting two titanium mesh sheets with available hardware to improve the strength in compression while maintaining the ability to mold thinner sheets as necessary for the best cosmetic results.

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Affiliation: Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Cranial defects following the removal of tumor involved bone require repair and reconstruction for brain protection and cosmesis. A variety of autologous bone substrates and synthetic materials can be employed, alone or in combination. In this article, we describe the use of dual thin and thick titanium mesh, connected together using plate hardware, to repair a right frontotemporal sphenoidal bone defect following resection of a hyperostosing sphenoid wing meningioma.

Methods: Reconstruction of the pterion was done with a dual mesh cranioplasty. After replacement of the native orbitozygomatic and frontotemporal bone pieces, a piece of thinner mesh was molded to the pterional defect connecting the two bone pieces and re-creating the concave shape of the pterion below the superior temporal line. The circular area of the bony defect overlying the frontal and temporal lobes was supplemented by cutting and molding an additional piece of thicker mesh which was secured to the thinner mesh with burr hole cover sectors using rescue screws.

Results: A 30-year-old woman presented with painless proptosis and was found to have a hyperostosing right sphenoid wing meningioma. The patient underwent a frontotemporal orbitozygomatic craniotomy for tumor resection and extensive bony osteotomy. Repair and reconstruction of the cranial defect in the region were accomplished at the time of open operation using two thicknesses of mesh connected one to another with titanium plate pieces and rescue screws. The patient underwent gross total resection of the meningioma and near total resection of the soft tissue and bony components (SimpsonĀ Grade II). The external cosmetic results following the orbital-cranial reconstruction with the dual mesh technique was deemed "very good" by the surgeon and patient. Postoperative CT imaging demonstrated symmetric re-approximation of the shape of the pterion as compared to the opposite side.

Conclusions: We present a method for connecting two titanium mesh sheets with available hardware to improve the strength in compression while maintaining the ability to mold thinner sheets as necessary for the best cosmetic results. This method is an option for coverage of bony defects in the region of the pterion for young, physically active patients providing them with additional mesh cranioplasty strength.

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Outline of the bony defect for guide of thick mesh creation
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FIG2: Outline of the bony defect for guide of thick mesh creation

Mentions: This molded mesh was then removed and the bone edges were marked with a surgical marker so that a template of the defect could be created by placing a piece paper over top and using this to outline the thicker piece of gold mesh to the appropriate size to cover just the bone defect (Figure 2).


A Method for Combining Thin and Thick Malleable Titanium Mesh in the Repair of Cranial Defects.

Lau D, McDermott MW - Cureus (2015)

Outline of the bony defect for guide of thick mesh creation
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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FIG2: Outline of the bony defect for guide of thick mesh creation
Mentions: This molded mesh was then removed and the bone edges were marked with a surgical marker so that a template of the defect could be created by placing a piece paper over top and using this to outline the thicker piece of gold mesh to the appropriate size to cover just the bone defect (Figure 2).

Bottom Line: A 30-year-old woman presented with painless proptosis and was found to have a hyperostosing right sphenoid wing meningioma.Postoperative CT imaging demonstrated symmetric re-approximation of the shape of the pterion as compared to the opposite side.We present a method for connecting two titanium mesh sheets with available hardware to improve the strength in compression while maintaining the ability to mold thinner sheets as necessary for the best cosmetic results.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Cranial defects following the removal of tumor involved bone require repair and reconstruction for brain protection and cosmesis. A variety of autologous bone substrates and synthetic materials can be employed, alone or in combination. In this article, we describe the use of dual thin and thick titanium mesh, connected together using plate hardware, to repair a right frontotemporal sphenoidal bone defect following resection of a hyperostosing sphenoid wing meningioma.

Methods: Reconstruction of the pterion was done with a dual mesh cranioplasty. After replacement of the native orbitozygomatic and frontotemporal bone pieces, a piece of thinner mesh was molded to the pterional defect connecting the two bone pieces and re-creating the concave shape of the pterion below the superior temporal line. The circular area of the bony defect overlying the frontal and temporal lobes was supplemented by cutting and molding an additional piece of thicker mesh which was secured to the thinner mesh with burr hole cover sectors using rescue screws.

Results: A 30-year-old woman presented with painless proptosis and was found to have a hyperostosing right sphenoid wing meningioma. The patient underwent a frontotemporal orbitozygomatic craniotomy for tumor resection and extensive bony osteotomy. Repair and reconstruction of the cranial defect in the region were accomplished at the time of open operation using two thicknesses of mesh connected one to another with titanium plate pieces and rescue screws. The patient underwent gross total resection of the meningioma and near total resection of the soft tissue and bony components (SimpsonĀ Grade II). The external cosmetic results following the orbital-cranial reconstruction with the dual mesh technique was deemed "very good" by the surgeon and patient. Postoperative CT imaging demonstrated symmetric re-approximation of the shape of the pterion as compared to the opposite side.

Conclusions: We present a method for connecting two titanium mesh sheets with available hardware to improve the strength in compression while maintaining the ability to mold thinner sheets as necessary for the best cosmetic results. This method is an option for coverage of bony defects in the region of the pterion for young, physically active patients providing them with additional mesh cranioplasty strength.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus