Frameless, pinless stereotactic neurosurgery in children

Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32610, USA.
Journal of Neurosurgery (Impact Factor: 3.74). 07/2006; 104(6 Suppl):392-5. DOI: 10.3171/ped.2006.104.6.392
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Frameless neuronavigation has been established as a useful adjunct to intracranial surgery; however, the procedure is limited in young children by the need for rigid skull fixation with pins. Pin fixation is difficult and hazardous for patients younger than 2 years of age. Minor risks have been associated with pin fixation in older patients also, including scalp laceration, skull fracture, and epidural hematoma.
The authors adapted a pinless head fixation system, consisting of a beanbag device, for use with frameless neuronavigation. This system was used to perform intracranial neurosurgical procedures in nine patients.
This pinless, frameless method provides a new option for children who are unable to sustain rigid head fixation. It is also an alternative to rigid pin fixation for patients of any age.

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    • "Authors found out that 82% of procedures based on CT and 92% of those based on MRI had an error inferior to 2 mm. Reavey- Cantwell [35] also described a platform linked to the Mayfield holder, called " beanbag head-holder " , that enable neuronavigation without pinning. Moreover, large studies showed that frameless stereotactic surgery takes more time in the operating room and is more expensive than frame-based procedures, although the diagnosis and complication rates are equivalent [39]. "
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