Surgeons turn to endoscopic surgery to repair infant's skull

08/19/2011 | News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), The

Surgeons at Duke University Medical Center used an endoscopic procedure to reconstruct the skull of a baby with craniosynostosis -- a premature fusing of skull joints that can lead to seizures, blindness or mental retardation. For the procedure, surgeons made two incisions in the scalp, then used endoscopes to remove a strip of the fused structure. "The development of this procedure's been going on for a period of about 10 years," said Jeffrey Marcus, associate professor of plastic surgery at Duke.

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