Case Report

Titanium mesh reconstruction of a dog’s cranium after multilobular osteochondrosarcoma resection

  • A. Dierckx de Casterlé
  • B. Van Goethem
  • A. Kitshoff
  • S. F. M. Bhatti
  • I. Gielen
  • T. Bosmans


An eleven-year-old cavalier King Charles spaniel was presented with a large mass arising from the sagittal crest of the skull. Computed tomography also revealed an intracranial component. A histological diagnosis of multilobular osteochondrosarcoma grade 1 was made from surgical biopsies. Since this tumor type has a moderate aggressive biological behavior characterized by a slow growth, compression of adjacent structures, and only a 30% metastatic rate, surgical resection was performed. A wide partial craniectomy was performed, the skull defect was reconstructed with a designated custom designed titanium mesh and the skin defect closed with a local subdermal plexus flap technique. Histologic evaluation indicated clean surgical margins, which may lead to a long-term survival in this low-grade tumor. Approximately seventeen months after surgical resection, the dog showed no signs of local tumor recurrence or metastasis.

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Dierckx de Casterlé, A. & Van Goethem, B. & Kitshoff, A. & Bhatti, S. & Gielen, I. & Bosmans, T., (2017) “Titanium mesh reconstruction of a dog’s cranium after multilobular osteochondrosarcoma resection”, Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 86(4), 232-240. doi:

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Published on
28 Aug 2017
Peer Reviewed