Child's Nervous System

, Volume 28, Issue 9, pp 1551–1556 | Cite as

Posterior cranial vault expansion using distraction osteogenesis

  • Christopher A. Derderian
  • Nicholas Bastidas
  • Scott P. Bartlett
Special Annual Issue



Posterior vault expansion using distraction osteogenesis has become a vital instrument in our institution, particularly as a first-line treatment in syndromic craniosynostosis. In this review, we highlight the several advantages, diverse utility, and technicalities of the operative procedure.


A review of the literature and explanation of the technical details of the procedures were described in this manuscript.


Posterior cranial vault distraction offers several benefits over traditional expansion procedures.


Cranial vault Distraction Osteogenesis Posterior 


Conflict of interest

The authors have no financial disclosures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher A. Derderian
    • 1
  • Nicholas Bastidas
    • 2
  • Scott P. Bartlett
    • 3
  1. 1.UT Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA
  2. 2.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Division of Plastic SurgeryUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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