In a worldwide first, Dutch surgeons have successfully implanted a custom 3D-printed skull on a patient. The 22-year-old woman suffered from a condition that thickens bone structure and ultimately would have killed her.
"The condition initially manifests itself in severe headaches," Dr. Bon Verweij of the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht said in a press release. "The thickening of the skull puts the brain under increasing pressure. Ultimately, she slowly lost her vision and started to suffer from motor coordination impairment. It was only a matter of time before other essential brain functions would have been impaired and she would have died," said Verweij. Until this procedure, there was no effective treatment for this condition, he added.