Research Article| Volume 17, ISSUE 2, P304-314, February 1945

Cranioplasty with tantalum plate

Report of eight cases
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      The properties of tantalum which make it a suitable metal for repairing cranial defects are enumerated and experimental evidence to support this contention is cited. A technique of preparing tantalum plates for cranial defects is described. Eight cases in which tantalum plates were used to repair old or new cranial defects are reported. Satisfactory results were obtained in all but two instances, a case of osteomyelitis of the skull, which immediately became infected, and a compound fracture of the skull, not debrided at the time of injury, which became infected one year after cranioplasty.
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