Early cranioplasty may improve outcome in neurological patients with decompressive craniectomy.

@article{Bender2013EarlyCM,
  title={Early cranioplasty may improve outcome in neurological patients with decompressive craniectomy.},
  author={Andreas Bender and Sandrine Heulin and Stefan R{\"o}hrer and Jan-Hinnerk Mehrkens and Volkmar Heidecke and Andreas M. Straube and Thomas Pfefferkorn},
  journal={Brain injury},
  year={2013},
  volume={27 9},
  pages={1073-9}
}
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE Decompressive craniectomy is an effective therapy to relieve intractable intracranial hypertension following acute brain injury. However, little is known about the optimal timing for cranioplasties in the sub-acute phase. The objective of the present study was to analyse the effect of cranioplasty timing on neurological outcomes. RESEARCH DESIGN Single-centre observational study. METHODS AND PROCEDURES One hundred and forty-seven consecutive patients with decompressive… CONTINUE READING