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The Unnecessity of Positron Emission Tomography Computed Tomography in the Etiologic Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Delay in Craniosynostosis Patients

 Chae Eun Yang  ;  Eun Kyung Park  ;  Myung Chul Lee  ;  Kyu Won Shim  ;  Yong Oock Kim 
 Archives of Craniofacial Surgery, Vol.18(1) : 21-24, 2017 
Journal Title
Archives of Craniofacial Surgery
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Craniosynostosis ; Evaluation ; Positron emission tomography computed tomography
BACKGROUND: In evaluation of craniosynostosis patients in terms of neurodevelopmental delay, positron emission tomography computed tomography (PET-CT) scan can be used to assess brain abnormalities through glucose metabolism. We aimed to determine the unnecessity of PET-CT in this study.

METHODS: Thirty-eight patients diagnosed with craniosynostosis who underwent distraction osteogenesis from October, 2010 to November, 2013 were reviewed. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and PET-CT scan were carried out for evaluation of the brain structure and function, whereas X-ray and CT scan were taken for evaluation of the skull.

RESULTS: Nine patients reported abnormal MRI findings which were not significant, and five patients showed local problem on brain on PET-CT scan. No correlation was found among them.

CONCLUSION: PET-CT evaluation of possible abnormal brain findings do not affect surgical planning or require additional therapy. Preoperative PET-CT scan is not the essential study to get any etiologic information of the disease consequences or to establish the treatment plan.
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Kim, Yong Oock(김용욱) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3756-4809
Park, Eun Kyung(박은경)
Shim, Kyu Won(심규원) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9441-7354
Yang, Chae Eun(양채은) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8128-791X
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