Tina M. Sauerhammer

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BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between age at initiation of helmet therapy for deformational plagiocephaly and the rate of correction. METHODS Infants treated for deformational plagiocephaly with a helmet orthosis between 2009 and 2010 were included. Patients were stratified prospectively by the age at which(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to assess early treatment of deformational plagiocephaly using the Plagio Cradle, a modifiable cranial orthotic. METHODS Infants were included if they had treatment of deformational plagiocephaly with the Plagio Cradle beginning at 4 months or younger. Patients were prospectively stratified by the age treatment was(More)
OBJECT Unilateral fusion of the frontoparietal suture is the most common cause of synostotic frontal plagiocephaly. Localized fusion of the frontosphenoidal suture is rare but can lead to a similar, but subtly distinct, phenotype. METHODS A retrospective chart review of the authors' craniofacial database was performed. Patients with isolated(More)
Although the diagnosis of nonsyndromic single suture craniosynostosis (NSSC) can usually be made by clinical examination, computed tomography (CT) is still commonly used in preoperative evaluation. This practice has been questioned in light of recent studies that document a small, but measurable, increased risk of malignancy from CT-associated radiation.(More)
BACKGROUND Almost three times as many board-certified female plastic surgeons are unmarried compared with male colleagues. The purpose of this study was to determine why women in plastic surgery are less likely to be married. METHODS A 52-question survey was sent to all female members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Questions focused on type(More)
BACKGROUND Intensive care unit admission following fronto-orbital advancement for craniosynostosis is routine at most institutions. The authors determined the frequency of postoperative events requiring intensive care unit care that justify this practice. METHODS Infants with craniosynostosis who underwent primary fronto-orbital advancement at a single(More)
BACKGROUND Most types of craniosynostosis cause predictable changes in cranial shape. However, the phenotype of combined metopic and unilateral coronal synostoses is anomalous. The purpose of this observational study was to better clarify the clinical and radiographic features of this rare entity. METHODS A retrospective review of a craniofacial database(More)
BACKGROUND The combination of endoscope-assisted suturectomy and postoperative helmet therapy has been advocated to treat unilateral coronal synostosis. However, surgical outcomes can vary. One possible explanation for this inconsistency is early closure of the craniectomy gap. The authors examined short-term postoperative patency of the craniectomy gap and(More)
BACKGROUND Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) complicates the clinical course of critically injured intubated patients. Bronchoscopic bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) represents an invasive and accurate means of VAP diagnosis. Unilateral and blinded techniques offer less invasive alternatives to bronchoscopic BAL. This study evaluated clinical criteria as(More)
We document a 3-year-old healthy African American girl who developed malignant melanoma on her lower extremity. The clinical appearance offered little indication of the lesion's severity (T4), and only the history of de novo presentation and disproportionate growth raised clinical suspicion. This case report highlights the subtle clinical findings of this(More)