Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 159, Issue 12, pp 2355–2357 | Cite as

Heterotopic epithelialization presenting as a non-healing scalp wound after surgery

  • Gustav Askaner
  • Rune Rasmussen
  • Grethe Schmidt
  • Eva Løbner Lund
Case Report - Vascular


Patients undergoing cerebral revascularization surgery have a relatively high incidence of wound complications. We report a case of heterotopic epithelialization of the dura presenting as a non-healing scalp wound after an extracranial-intracranial (EC-IC) arterial bypass. The scalp wound was revised twice without healing. During the third revision, epithelial tissue was found growing on the dura and was removed. After the epithelial tissue was removed, the wound healed without further complications. This case illustrates the importance of thoroughly examining a non-healing wound to find the cause.


Heterotopic epithelialization Scalp wound Healing Wound healing Craniotomy complication 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. The patient has consented to submission of this case report to the journal.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plastic Surgery and Burns Treatment, RigshospitaletCopenhagen University HospitalCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, RigshospitaletCopenhagen University HospitalCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Pathology, RigshospitaletCopenhagen University HospitalCopenhagenDenmark

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