Woman has WHOLE skull re­placed

... Her brain was be­ing crushed by a rare bone con­di­tion

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

ADutch pa­tient has be­come the first in the world to be given a to­tal skull re­place­ment. Dur­ing a 23-hour oper­a­tion the 22-year-old woman was given a 3D printed plas­tic skull.

The cus­tomised skull was im­planted by neu­ro­sur­geons Dr Bon Ver­weij and Dr Mar­vick Mu­radin at Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­tre Utrecht.

The pa­tient, who has not been named, suf­fered from a con­di­tion which caused her skull to be­come pro­gres­sively thicker.

This caused her to suf­fer from headaches and put in­creased pres­sure on the brain.

In this pa­tient’s case, it was also caus­ing her eye­sight to de­te­ri­o­rate and she was los­ing the abil­ity to form fa­cial ex­pres­sions.

Her skull was al­most five inches thick while a nor­mal skull is about one to one and a half cen­time­tres thick.

As her skull con­tin­ued to thicken, the pres­sure on her brain con­tin­ued to build and, with­out the surgery, she would have even­tu­ally lost cru­cial brain func­tions and died.

The surgery saw neu­ro­sur­geons re­place the whole of the back of her skull - from her hair­line to the top of her neck

” They re­placed the bone with the plas­tic

im­plant which was at­tached

to the re­main­ing

bone.

and from one ear to the other.

They re­placed the bone with the plas­tic im­plant which was at­tached to the re­main­ing bone.

The surgery went well and, three months on, the pa­tient is com­pletely symp­tom-free.

She has also fully re­gained her sight and has re­turned to work.

She is not ex­pected to need fur­ther treat­ment.

Dr Ver­weij said: ‘It is al­most im­pos­si­ble to see that she’s ever had surgery.’

Doc­tors have pre­vi­ously used 3D printed im­plants to re­place parts of the skull – but they have never be­fore re­placed the full back part of a skull.

The surgeons say the tech­nique could also be used to treat pa­tients with se­vere skull in­juries or tu­mours.

Culled from dai­ly­mail.co.uk

” It was caus­ing her eye­sight to de­te­ri­o­rate and she was los­ing the abil­ity to form

fa­cial ex­pres­sions.

The whole of the back of the skull re­placed with a 3D printed ver­sion (pic­tured)

The surgery (pic­tured) was so suc­cess­ful that the pa­tient is now symp­tom-free and has re­turned to work

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