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CASE REPORT
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 150-154

Customized cost-effective polymethyl-methacrylate cranioplasty implant using three-dimensional printer


1 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Annapurna Neurological Institute and Allied Sciences, Maitighar, Kathmandu, Nepal
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Annapurna Neurological Institute and Allied Sciences, Maitighar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Upama Sharma
Department of Neurosurgery, Annapurna Neurological Institute and Allied Sciences, Maitighar, Kathmandu
Nepal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ajns.AJNS_441_20

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There is no doubt that many synthetic materials used in cranioplasty have given good result regarding patient's calvarial shape. However, the use of these materials is costly to the patient and requires complex intraoperative process. There has been a long history regarding the use of acrylic bone cement called as polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) as an implant due to its desirable properties. Here, we present three cases of simple, cost effective manually sculpted calvarial defect using three-dimensional (3D) printer. Sharing the achievement and challenges, we want to focus that the 3D customized implant of PMMA can be used as bone substitute.


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