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New Dura Repair Compound
Introduced
By Franklin Epstein
Introduction
• Board-certified neurosurgeon Dr. Franklin Epstein
serves as the chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at th...
Dura Repair
• Because it almost completely surrounds the brain tissue,
neurosurgeons often must cut into it to perform a
p...
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New Dura Repair Compound Introduced

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New Dura Repair Compound Introduced

  1. 1. New Dura Repair Compound Introduced By Franklin Epstein
  2. 2. Introduction • Board-certified neurosurgeon Dr. Franklin Epstein serves as the chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. Franklin Epstein actively educates himself on developments in his field. In May 2015, researchers announced the development of a new artificial compound to repair the dural membrane after surgery. Also known as the dura mater, this membrane functions as the outer layer of the meninges that protect the brain.
  3. 3. Dura Repair • Because it almost completely surrounds the brain tissue, neurosurgeons often must cut into it to perform a procedure. Traditionally, surgeons have repaired such cuts with a dural graft made of either synthetic material or bovine collagen. This material helps to guard the brain tissue and provide a seal against water and potential sources of infection. The new biosynthesized compound, SYNTHECEL Dura Repair, has proven highly effective at serving the same function. In tests performed six months after surgery, SYNTHECEL Dura Repair seals returned a zero-leak rate and complete absence of adhesions.

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