Kuwaiti doctor uses advanced technique to reconstruct skull

KUWAIT: Neurosurgical consultant Dr Hisham Al-Khayat (right) with his team. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Neurosurgical consultant Dr Hisham Al-Khayat (right) with his team. — KUNA

KUWAIT: A craniofacial team led by a Kuwaiti neurosurgical consultant has succeeded in the reconstruction the skull of a six-year-old boy using an advanced technique. The critical surgery employed a new technique, used for the first time in the Middle East, and was conducted with an American medical team, neurosurgical consultant Dr Hisham Al-Khayat said on Thursday.

The procedure lasted about 90 minutes. He added that the child had an abnormal skull shape that caused the head to be elongated and narrowed, almost like light boat. The boy suffered scaphocephaly (from Greek skaphe meaning light boat or skiff), premature closure of sagittal suture, which causes both parietal bones to be held together.

The new technique used in the surgery depends on remodeling the whole skull to achieve a normal shape immediately and permanently, through cutting the skull in strips with the base attached, then and reconnect them like juggle puzzle, Dr Khayat explained. The child lost only 200 cc of blood. He was discharged in great condition four days after the procedure. According to Dr Khayat, craniosynostosis is a rare condition that affects 1 in 2,000 to 2,500 live births worldwide. Sagittal synostosis is the most common phenotype, representing 40 percent to 55 percent of nonsyndromic cases. — KUNA

This article was published on 30/04/2016