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Histologic Evaluation of the Coronal Sutures in Trigonocephaly

Ousterhout Douglas K. D.D.S. M.D.;; Eskenazi, Loren M.D.; ; Golabi, Mahin M.D; ; Edwards, Michael S. M.D.;
Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: January 1990
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Thirteen cases of trigonocephaly, seven isolated and six syndromic cases, were evaluated by preoperative neurologic and genetic evaluation and by radiographic evaluation (CT scans). All 13 were treated in an identical surgical manner. Specimens from the coronal sutures were obtained during surgery for histologic evaluation. All of the isolated cases, except one, showed normal coronal sutures and had a good-to-excellent result from surgery. All of the syndromic or secondary cases showed an abnormality of the coronal sutures. Four of the six cases had bad results; two required subsequent surgical procedures. It is our opinion that if a coronal suture abnormality is noted on preoperative CT scans or if preoperative evaluation demonstrates an associated syndrome or CNS malformation, the results from surgery must be guarded.

© 1990 Mutaz B. Habal, MD