3D Printed Cranium
A woman suffering from Camurati Engelmann’s disease recently had her cranium removed and replaced with a 3D printed version. This amazing surgery lasted 23 hours and was performed by a team of Dutch surgeons. This is not the first time 3D printed elements have been used in the skull though it is the first time the whole cranium has been replaced.
Camurati Engelmann is a rare disease that causes anomalies in the skeleton, a form of dysplasia. In this patients case her skull was 3 times the thickness of a normal skull. This caused the skull to press down on the brain causing severe headaches and sometime loss of sight.