Cranioplasty using a novel osteoconductive scaffold and platelet gel

Ching Li Tseng, Guang Wei Chang, Kuang Ling Ou, Wei Ting Chou, Te Hsing Wu, Hsu Wei Fang, Jui Che Tsai, Tim Mo Chen

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Background: Commonly used materials for cranioplasty include autogenous bone grafts, methyl methacrylate, and titanium mesh. We evaluated a novel osteoconductive scaffold [N-isopropylacrylamide cross-linked with acrylic acid using γ-rays (ANa powder)] mixed with platelet gel for cranioplasty. Methods: ANa powder mixed with platelet gelwas implanted into a 15 15-mm, full-thickness calvarial bone defect in 5 New Zealand white rabbits. ANa powder mixed with phosphate-buffered saline was implanted in 5 rabbits. The calvarial bone defect was left unreconstructed in another 5 rabbits. Twelve weeks after surgery, computed tomography examination was used to evaluate the radiographic evidence of bone healing in vivo. Bone specimens were then retrieved for histologic study. Results: The ANa scaffold mixed with platelet gel is biocompatible, biodegradable, and both osteoconductive and osteoinductive, leading to progressive growth of new bone into the calvarial bone defect. Conclusion: The use of this novel osteoconductive scaffold combined with osteoinductive platelet gel offers a valuable alternative for the reconstruction of calvarial bone defects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S125-S129
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Acrylic acid
  • Calvarial bone defect
  • N-isopropylacrylamide
  • Platelet fibrin glue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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