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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2002 December;46(3-4):131-4

Copyright © 2002 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Growing-fracture of the orbital roof with post-traumatic encephalocele in an adult patient. Case report

Giuffrida M. 1, Cultrera F. 1, Antonelli V. 1, Campobassi A. 2, Servadei F. 1

1 Division of Neurosurgery, “M. Bufalini” Hospital, Cesena, Italy; 2 Division of Maxillo-Facial Surgery, “M. Bufalini” Hospital, Cesena, Italy


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Growing frac­tures are a ­rare ­entity, usu­al­ly occur­ring in paed­i­at­ric age. Localisation at the orbi­tal ­region is ­even rar­er. We ­report the ­case of a grow­ing frac­ture of the orbi­tal ­roof ­with ­post-trau­mat­ic ence­phal­o­cele in an ­adult ­patient, the 1st sim­i­lar ­case in adult­hood at our knowl­edge. Clinical and neu­ro­im­ag­ing ­aspects are ­described, under­lin­ing the ­role of MRI in dis­play­ing intra­or­bi­tal ence­phal­o­cele. Surgical treat­ment ­with rel­e­vant tech­ni­cal ­notes is dis­cussed as ­well.

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