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Finite element method analysis of craniofacial morphology in unilateral cleft lip and palate prior to palatoplasty.
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PMID:  8478418     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The craniofacial morphology in unilateral cleft lip and palate (UCLP) prior to palatoplasty was analyzed with the finite element method (FEM). The study examined cross-sectional data sets of affected and control males aged 4.5 to 6.0 years from Czechoslovakia. The facial skeleton and cranial base were discretized into 26 two-dimensional, triangular finite elements. Cranial base morphology is altered in UCLP. The extensive nature of most craniofacial deformities means that almost any registration is likely to be distorted. The fundamental advantage of the FEM is that biological descriptions are not dependent upon the selected reference plane. The FEM localizes changes in form to discrete anatomical regions. Significant shape and size differences characterize UCLP prior to palatoplasty. Dramatic deformations associated with cheiloplasty are localized to the lips and maxillary alveolar process. Nasal deformation reflects loss of structural support for the nose.
A B Hammond; Z Smahel; M L Moss
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of craniofacial genetics and developmental biology     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0270-4145     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Craniofac. Genet. Dev. Biol.     Publication Date:    1993 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-05-21     Completed Date:  1993-05-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109845     Medline TA:  J Craniofac Genet Dev Biol     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-56     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anatomy, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Chin / anatomy & histology
Cleft Lip* / surgery
Cleft Palate* / surgery
Face / anatomy & histology*
Mandible / anatomy & histology
Maxilla / anatomy & histology
Nose / anatomy & histology
Oropharynx / anatomy & histology
Skull / anatomy & histology

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