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Comparison of mandibular vertical growth in hemifacial microsomia patients treated with early distraction or not treated: Follow up till the completion of growth.
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PMID:  21454084     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIM: Comparison of the long-term follow-up until the completion of growth of two homogeneous samples of children affected by hemifacial microsomia (HFM), one treated by mandibular distraction osteogenesis (DO) in the deciduous or early mixed dentition, the other not subjected to any treatment until adulthood. MATERIAL: Fourteen patients affected by vertically severe type I or II HFM were operated at an average age of 5.9 years with an average follow-up of 11.2 years. They were compared to a sample of eight patients who were never treated until the completion of growth. METHODS: Mandibular vertical changes were measured on panoramic radiographs taken at different time points. Ratios between affected and non affected ramal heights were calculated and compared. RESULTS: In the DO sample, after correction, mandibular vertical changes showed a gradual return of the asymmetry with growth in all patients. The ratio in the non treated sample was unchanged between the initial and the long term panoramic x-rays. CONCLUSION: The facial proportions of HFM patients are maintained, when not treated, throughout growth. The same proportions return to their original asymmetry after DO. Even though short term aesthetic and psychological advantages of distraction osteogenesis are well accepted, early surgery should only be applied after careful patient selection and honest clarification of the long term recurrence by genetically guided craniofacial growth pattern.
Maria Costanza Meazzini; Fabio Mazzoleni; Alberto Bozzetti; Roberto Brusati
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cranio-maxillo-facial surgery : official publication of the European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-4119     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
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Created Date:  2011-4-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8704309     Medline TA:  J Craniomaxillofac Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Maxillo-Facial Surgery (Head: Prof. Alberto Bozzetti, MD), University of Milano-Bicocca, San Gerardo Hospital, via Pergolesi 33, Monza, Italy; Department of Maxillo-Facial Surgery (Head: Prof. Roberto Brusati), University of Milano, San Paolo Hospital, via Rudinì 8, Milano, Italy.
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