Treatment of depressed skull fractures in neonates using percutaneous microscrew elevation: Technical note

Omar Zalatimo, Moksha Ranasinghe, Mark Dias, Mark Iantosca

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Depressed skull fractures in neonates involve the inward buckling of the skull bones to resemble a cup shape or "ping-pong ball" shape. In the past, several methods have been used to treat these fractures for cosmetic effect, including the use of vacuum extraction. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the use of a novel treatment method for these skull fractures. All patients presented to Hershey Medical Center between May 2007 and March 2010. All underwent treatment of their ping-pong skull fracture using a novel technique of percutaneous screw elevation with self-tapping microscrews (4 or 5 mm) typically used in neurosurgery for cranial plating. Four patients were treated, all between the ages of 2 days and 4 months. Two of the patients were treated under general anesthesia and 2 with local anesthesia only. All patients had good cosmetic results and experienced no adverse events. Percutaneous screw elevation of the ping-pong type, simple depressed skull fracture in neonates is a feasible method of treatment with a low complication rate associated with the procedure and no risk from anesthesia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)676-679
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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