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Case update on cranial osteopetrosis: which is the role of the neurosurgeon?

Childs Nerv Syst 2017 Dec 31;33(12):2181-2186. Epub 2017 Jul 31.

Departement of Neuro-ophtalmology, Lille University Hospital, Lille, France.

Purpose: Osteopetrosis (OP) is a rare skeletal disease, which can affect the skull base and calvaria. A multidisciplinary approach is mandatory and patient may need neurosurgical care. Few observations have been published, and optimal management of OP is not established yet.

Method: We report a case of an infant with OP diagnosed at 5 months, who presented signs of intracranial hypertension associated with unilateral blindness. Bone marrow allograft was performed at 6 months of age. At neurosurgical first examination at 11 months, the child was hypotonic, with severe amblyopia; features of bicoronal synostosis were appreciated, with tense anterior fontanel bulging indicating synostotic oxycephaly. Head circumference had decreased from +3 SD to +1SD. Cerebral CT scan showed reduction of intracranial volume, inward thickening of the calvaria, bilateral stenosis of optic canal, ventricular dilatation, enlarged arachnoid spaces, and tonsillar herniation. We performed cranial vault expansion with frontal advancement and bi parietal decompression, thinning of the inner table, unroofing of the left orbit and optic canal in order to obtain optic nerve decompression.

Results: Postoperative course was uneventful, and the patient was discharged on day 8. Vision was unchanged but rapid improvement of axial tonus was noted. The CT scan showed satisfactory calvarial expansion with regression of tonsillar herniation.

Conclusions: Neurosurgical evaluation and care are necessary in the context of a multidisciplinary approach to the patient affected by osteopetrosis. Cranial vault remodeling and expansion should be considered in patients with sign of intracranial hypertension. Timing of optic canal decompression is to be defined.
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