De 'groeiende schedelfractuur'

Translated title of the contribution: The 'growing skull fracture'

Hedy Folkersma, Sander Idema, Mirko L. A. Bal, Fonnet E. Bleeker, Nicole I. Wolf, W. Peter Vandertop

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Growing skull fracture (GSF) is a rare complication of cranial trauma in children younger than 3 years. It is characterised by the presence of a dural defect due to which herniation of the brain tissue can develop, with cystic transformation and resulting cerebral damage. A 5-month-old baby girl presented at the emergency department following a fall from the staircase. Upon examination she showed a left parietal subgaleal haematoma and right-sided hemiparesis. MRI examination of the brain showed a skull fracture and dural defect with progressive herniation of the brain tissue. Neurosurgical reconstruction was carried out. GSF is a rare complication of cranial trauma in young children as a result of rupture of the dura and separating fracture edges. This can lead to cerebral damage and early recognition is important. GSF needs to be considered in children younger than 3 years with a (pulsating) subgaleal haematoma. The diagnosis is made by MRI scan of the brain and neurosurgical treatment consists of watertight closure of the dura combined with skull reconstruction
Translated title of the contributionThe 'growing skull fracture'
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)1938-1942
Number of pages5
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2011

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