A Simple Technique for Bone Storage after Decompressive Craniectomy in Children

Silav G., Bölükbaşi F. H., Özek E., TÖNGE M., Önöz M., Elmaci I.

Pediatric Neurosurgery, vol.50, no.3, pp.161-164, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000381748
  • Journal Name: Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.161-164
  • Keywords: Bone flap storage, Autologous cranioplasty, Decompressive craniectomy
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Cranial vault reconstruction in the pediatric population is a specialized procedure, which requires additional considerations. Generally, inherent difficulties of bone storage and cranioplasty are neglected in the literature. We present a simple method of bone storage and autologous cranioplasty in a small child with severe head injury. The child underwent surgical treatment with decompressive craniectomy. A bone flap was transversally divided into two pieces and stored under the galea. Bone storage and reconstruction of the cranial vault with our surgical technique is a safe, easy and cost-effective choice excluding the surgical trauma to obtain a new subcutanous pocket for bone storage in pediatric decompressive craniectomy patients.