Watertight dural closure in brain surgery: a simple model for training

Christian Matula, Lotte Kjærsgaard, Antonio Di Ieva*

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Background: To avoid cerebrospinal fluid leaks and related possible complications, the dura mater should be meticulously closed after craniotomy procedures. Several techniques for duraplasty and different material for watertight closure have been described. Objective: To describe a device to be used for the training of neurosurgical procedures of duraplasty. Technical Report: A plastic dummy with a balloon was developed to test the efficacy of the watertight closure of the dura. The technical notes to reproduce the method have been described. Conclusion: The described model represents a new, simple, effective and affordable device to be used for neurosurgical training in the procedures of duraplasty and to test the efficacy of watertight closures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-245
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neurological Surgery, Part A: Central European Neurosurgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • duroplasty
  • model
  • training
  • watertight closure


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