Posterior atlantooccipital membrane for duraplasty. Technical note.

Academic Article

Abstract

  • The authors describe the use of autogenetic posterior atlantooccipital (PAO) membrane for duraplasty following after posterior cranial fossa surgery. The PAO membrane is routinely exposed for procedures of the posterior cranial fossa and merely needs to be dissected free of the underlying dura mater. Recently this membrane was obtained in several pediatric patients following procedures of the posterior cranial fossa such as duraplasty in case of Chiari I malformation. No postoperative complications were found at 6-month follow-up examination. The advantages of this intervention include less manipulation of muscle and fascia than that involved in other procedures and, therefore, seemingly less postoperative pain and the negation of issues inherent with foreign-body graft sources. The authors believe this structure to be of use as a dural substitute in small dural openings of the posterior cranial fossa.
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    Keywords

  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation, Child, Cranial Fossa, Posterior, Craniotomy, Decompression, Surgical, Dura Mater, Humans, Ligamentum Flavum, Periosteum, Postoperative Complications
  • Author List

  • Tubbs RS; Wellons JC; Blount JP; Oakes WJ
  • Start Page

  • 266
  • End Page

  • 268
  • Volume

  • 97
  • Issue

  • 2 Suppl