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Aggressive use of craniectomy keeps Ranger and others like him alive



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In January 2013, Staff Sgt. Dominic Annecchini sits next to a  plastic mold of his skull that shows the piece that was taken out after he was shot in Afghanistan. Annecchini had a cranioplasty to replace his bone with a prosthetic piece the week before.<br> Megan McCloskey/Stars and Stripes

Aggressive use of craniectomy keeps Ranger and others like him alive

After a severe trauma like a gunshot wound, the very protection that the skull provides becomes the brain's greatest adversary. The skull turns from a sanctuary to a prison.

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