A Olufemi Adeleye, A Luqman Azeez
Surgical Neurology International 2011 2(1):150-150
Background: The neurosurgical procedure of hinge decompressive craniectomy (hDC), or hinge craniotomy (HC), as described from units in the advanced countries makes use of metallic implants, usually titanium plates and screws, which may not be economically viable in resource-limited practice settings. Methods: We describe our surgical techniques for performing this same procedure of hDC in a developing country using the patient’s own temporalis muscle instead of any other potentially costly implants. Results: The technique as described appears to be successful in achieving intracranial decompression in cases of traumatic brain swelling in which it has been used. Clinical and radiological illustrations of the feasibility, and practical utility, of the procedures in four clinical scenarios of traumatic brain injury are presented. Like all other techniques of HC, this “new” surgical technique of hDC temporalis saves the survivors the added imperative of future cranioplasty of the usual postcraniectomy skull defect. Unlike the others, the procedure eliminates the added cost of the metallic implants needed to perform the former techniques. Conclusions: The procedure of hDC temporalis appears to be a viable option for performing the surgical procedure of HC and has added cost-cutting economic benefits for resource-limited practice settings.
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