Custom Fabrication of a 3-Dimensionally Printed Helmet for Improved Socialization and Subjective Self-Assessment in a Case of Acquired Cranial Defect: A Case Presentation

Cesar Colasante, Zachary Sanford, Nileyma Castro, Matthew N. Bartels

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Abstract

Traumatic injury and subsequent residual cosmetic deformity are subject of intense scrutiny for their effects on objective health measures assessing patient morbidity and mortality. Although these remain principal concerns of all members of the treatment team, of less immediate yet lasting importance to the patient are the social costs of such disfigurement. Subjective feelings of unease and embarrassment can hinder social reintegration and encourage deteriorating psychosocial health. The following presents a case of one such individual who sustained traumatic brain injury and associated pneumocephalus and osteomyelitis requiring surgical debridement with bifrontal craniectomy and lobotomy. Postoperative management was cosmetically improved by the application of a custom-fabricated, 3-dimensionally printed helmet used in place of generic over-the-counter hardware, and the associated improvement reported in patient satisfaction is reported. Level of Evidence: V

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPM and R
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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Head Protective Devices
Socialization
Pneumocephalus
Psychosurgery
Health
Debridement
Osteomyelitis
Patient Satisfaction
Cosmetics
Emotions
Morbidity
Costs and Cost Analysis
Mortality
Wounds and Injuries
Self-Assessment
Therapeutics
Traumatic Brain Injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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