A Simple Technique for Bone Storage after Decompressive Craniectomy in Children

Silav G., Bolukbasi F. H., Ozek E., Tonge M., Onoz M., ELMACI I.

PEDIATRIC NEUROSURGERY, vol.50, no.3, pp.161-164, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000381748
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.161-164
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: No


Cranial vault reconstruction in the pediatric population is a specialized procedure, which requires additional considerations. Generally, inherent difficulties of bone storage and cranioplasty are neglected in the literature. We present a simple method of bone storage and autologous cranioplasty in a small child with severe head injury. The child underwent surgical treatment with decompressive craniectomy. A bone flap was transversally divided into two pieces and stored under the galea. Bone storage and reconstruction of the cranial vault with our surgical technique is a safe, easy and cost-effective choice excluding the surgical trauma to obtain a new subcutanous pocket for bone storage in pediatric decompressive craniectomy patients. (C) 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel