Galea-pericranium dural closure: Can we safely avoid sealants?

Alessio Albanese, Enrico Marchese, Giuseppe Maria Della Pepa

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Abstract

Objective Dural closure is one of the most critical steps in neurosurgical procedures as it prevents many common postoperative complications. Methods of dural closure include the use of allogenic, autogenic, xenogenic, absorbable or synthetic materials together with sealant/glues or hemostatic compounds. Most common autogenic graft is galea-pericranium. This study aims to demonstrate how the intrinsic properties of the galea-pericranium make effectively useless the application of any glue in order to ensure the watertight integrity of the graft. Patients and methods 276 cases were included in the study. Postoperative dural-closure related complication in patients subjected to duraplasty were analysed in three groups undergoing different duraplasty techniques: galea-pericranium graft without sealants, galea-pericranium graft plus sealant, non-autologous dural patch plus sealant. Results No statistically significant differences between the three groups were observed in terms of subcutaneous fluid collection rate, CSF fistulas, brain abscesses, subdural empyemas, wound dehiscence, radiotherapic sequelae. Conclusions Our study shows that galea-pericranium alone (without sealants) is comparable to other duraplasty techniques that involve the use of sealants or of non-autologous pathches in terms of long term postoperative results. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Volume123
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Duraplasty
  • Galea-pericranium

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