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Zwahlen, R A; Bütow, K W (2004). Maxillary distraction resulting in facial advancement at Le Fort III level in cleft lip and palate patients: a report of two cases. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology, 98(5):541-545.

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An 18-year-old female and a 14-year-old male who had previously received surgery for primary repair of a nonsyndromic cleft lip and palate (including alveolar defect bone grafting) unintentionally developed facial advancement at the Le Fort III level after surgical correction of their maxillary hypoplasia. The Le Fort I osteotomy, originally performed for their maxillary dentoalveolar hypoplasia, was an incomplete osteotomy. It was performed without down-fracture, leaving the pterygomaxillary and septal junctions intact. The gradual advancement of the maxilla during distraction osteogenesis was planned to correct the hypoplastic maxilla, and also prevent subsequent hypernasality; however, during the distraction procedure by means of a rigid external device both patients developed an unintentional facial advancement at the Le Fort III level.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:1 November 2004
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:23
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:19
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.tripleo.2004.02.066
PubMed ID:15529125

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