Young 'ALIEN' boy given life-saving surgery thanks to 3D printed skull – Express.co.uk


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A rare skull defect known as craniosynostosis left eight month old Xiao Yu at risk of dying in his infancy as the condition can be fatal.

The ailment causes joints in the sufferer’s skull to permanently close before the brain is fully formed, leading to deformation of the skull and misshapen facial features.

Aside from the abnormal features, side effects of craniosynostosis – which is thought to effect six in every 10,000 new borns – include stunted brain development which can lead to seizures and even deat

However, doctors in Xiao Yu’s native China have managed to use innovative state-of-the art 3D printing to perform life saving surgery on the young boy.

Doctor Bao Nan and his colleagues at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, in East China, created a detailed 3D printed exact model of the child’s skull before he went under the knife on May 21.

This allowed them to study the small details of the skull as to minimise the chance of mistake.

Dr Bao said: “Thanks to 3D-printing technology, we were able to make a model of the patient’s skull, which in turn allowed us to make a detailed surgical plan beforehand.

“We also measured the faces of the patient’s parents so we could design his new face with family features.”

The operation lasted four hours and Xiao Yu left the surgery with a normal-shaped head

Thanks to the surgery, doctors expect the young boy to make a full recovery and that his brain will be able to develop to completion.

A rare skull defect known as craniosynostosis left eight month old Xiao Yu at risk of dying in his infancy as the condition can be fatal.

The ailment causes joints in the sufferer’s skull to permanently close before the brain is fully formed, leading to deformation of the skull and misshapen facial features.

Aside from the abnormal features, side effects of craniosynostosis – which is thought to effect six in every 10,000 new borns – include stunted brain development which can lead to seizures and even deat

However, doctors in Xiao Yu’s native China have managed to use innovative state-of-the art 3D printing to perform life saving surgery on the young boy.

Doctor Bao Nan and his colleagues at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, in East China, created a detailed 3D printed exact model of the child’s skull before he went under the knife on May 21.

This allowed them to study the small details of the skull as to minimise the chance of mistake.

Dr Bao said: “Thanks to 3D-printing technology, we were able to make a model of the patient’s skull, which in turn allowed us to make a detailed surgical plan beforehand.

“We also measured the faces of the patient’s parents so we could design his new face with family features.”

The operation lasted four hours and Xiao Yu left the surgery with a normal-shaped head

Thanks to the surgery, doctors expect the young boy to make a full recovery and that his brain will be able to develop to completion.

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