Reconstruction of full-thickness calvarial defect: A role for artificial dermis

Adeyiza O. Momoh, Michael A. Lypka, Anthony Echo, Mort Rizvi, Michael Klebuc, Jeffrey D. Friedman

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The reconstruction of scalp defects presents a clinical challenge. Free tissue transfer has played an increasingly important role in the reconstruction of complex scalp defects. In many cases, patient medical comorbidities along with the length of the operative procedures incurs significant patient risk. Artificial dermis, used extensively in burn reconstruction, has emerged as a reconstructive option for the coverage of many complex posttraumatic and postoncologic defects; however, none have described its use for the reconstruction of full-thickness calvarial defects with exposed dura.We report a clinical case of an elderly, medically compromised patient with a full-thickness scalp defect, who underwent successful reconstruction with artificial dermis.The use of artificial dermis and subsequent skin grafting, as was performed in this case, provides a less invasive, less intensive, and satisfactory means of soft tissue reconstruction for full-thickness calvarial defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)656-659
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of plastic surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009


  • Artificial dermis
  • Scalp reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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