Duraplasty: Our current experience

Emanuela Caroli, Giovanni Rocchi, Maurizio Salvati, Roberto Delfini

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BACKGROUND: A large variety of biologic and artificial materials have been suggested as dural substitutes. However, no ideal material for dural repair in neurosurgical procedures has been identified. The authors report their experience with Tutoplast processed dura and pericardium. METHODS: This study is designed to evaluate Tutoplast dura and pericardium. The study population was composed of 250 consecutive patients who underwent cerebral duraplasty with these homologous materials between 1996 and 1998. The average follow-up was 5.4 years. RESULTS: We have observed only four complications with uncertain relationship with the dural implant. These resulted in complete recovery. CONCLUSIONS: We support the efficacy and safety of this natural dural substitute treated with Tutoplast method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-59
Number of pages5
JournalSurgical Neurology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004


  • Complications
  • Dura mater
  • Dural implant
  • Dural substitute
  • Graft sterilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery


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