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Salokorpi, N., Satanin, L., Teterin, I. et al. Posterior vault distraction technique: how I do it. Childs Nerv Syst 37, 3127–3136 (2021).

Posterior vault distraction technique : how I do it

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Author: Salokorpi, Niina1,2,3; Satanin, Leonid4; Teterin, Ivan4;
Organizations: 1Department of Neurosurgery, Oulu University Hospital, P.O. Box 21, 90029 OYS, Oulu, Finland
2Medical Research Center, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
3Research Unit of Clinical Neuroscience, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery, Moscow Burdenko Neurosurgery Institute, Moscow, Russian Federation
5Department of Children and Adolescent, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
6PEDEGO Research Group, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-11-12


Posterior cranial vault distraction is an effective technique when a significant increase in the intracranial volume is required in patients with craniosynostoses. This technique has been proven to be safe and time saving and usually is associated with low perioperative morbidity as well as low intraoperative bleeding. Herein a technique is presented starting from the preoperative planning, describing the surgical steps of the operation and the postoperative distraction protocol used by the authors. The authors present important tips and tricks aiming to minimise complications and undesired events.

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Series: Child's nervous system
ISSN: 0256-7040
ISSN-E: 1433-0350
ISSN-L: 0256-7040
Volume: 37
Issue: 10
Pages: 3127 - 3136
DOI: 10.1007/s00381-021-05203-x
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3112 Neurosciences
Funding: Open access funding provided by University of Oulu including Oulu University Hospital.
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