2017 - 86 (4)

Title: 
Titanium mesh reconstruction of a dog’s cranium after multilobular osteochondrosarcoma resection
Author(s): 
A. DIERCKX DE CASTERLÉ, B. VAN GOETHEM, A. KITSHOFF, S.F.M. BHATTI, I. GIELEN, T. BOSMANS, H. DE COCK, H. DE ROOSTER
Abstract: 

An eleven-year-old cavalier King Charles spaniel was presented with a large mass arisingfrom the sagittal crest of the skull. Computed tomography also revealed an intracranial component.A histological diagnosis of multilobular osteochondrosarcoma grade 1 was made from surgicalbiopsies. Since this tumor type has a moderate aggressive biological behavior characterizedby a slow growth, compression of adjacent structures, and only a 30% metastatic rate, surgicalresection was performed. A wide partial craniectomy was performed, the skull defect was reconstructedwith a designated custom designed titanium mesh and the skin defect closed with a localsubdermal plexus flap technique. Histologic evaluation indicated clean surgical margins, whichmay lead to a long-term survival in this low-grade tumor. Approximately seventeen months aftersurgical resection, the dog showed no signs of local tumor recurrence or metastasis.

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pp 232-240
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