Management of depressed skull fracture in the newborn

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  • 1 Departments of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington
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✓ The authors describe three cases of neonatal depressed skull fracture subsequent to difficult delivery, treated without surgical elevation. None of the patients developed neurological deficits, cosmetic deformity or electroencephalographic signs of epileptiform activity. Neonatal depressed skull fractures not associated with focal neurological signs may not require surgical therapy; we are not certain what the absolute criteria for operation should be.

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