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Fusion of maxillary and mandibular alveolar process together with a median mandibular cleft: a rare congenital anomaly.
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PMID:  10342147     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Congenital fusion of the maxillary alveolar process and mandible is a very rare entity. A one day old male newborn was referred to our clinic with a diagnosis of a 'absence of oral cavity'. Physical examination revealed that there was no mouth opening bilaterally in the posterior region due to maxillary and mandibular bone fusion; and in the front there was only 1 mm of mouth opening. Examination of the intraoral space could not be achieved. No other congenital anomaly was detected on general examination. The infant, who was fed via a nasogastric tube for 1 month, was operated on. An intra-oral device which separated maxillary and mandibular alveolar arches from each other was designed and used for 8 weeks to avoid recurrence of the fusion. An adequate mouth opening was obtained and the infant could be fed orally.
K Uğurlu; T Turan; N Urganci; A Gözü; Y Günay; L Baş
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cranio-maxillo-facial surgery : official publication of the European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1010-5182     ISO Abbreviation:  J Craniomaxillofac Surg     Publication Date:  1999 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-07-16     Completed Date:  1999-07-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8704309     Medline TA:  J Craniomaxillofac Surg     Country:  SCOTLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  105-8     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Istanbul Sişli Etfal Hospital, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Alveolar Process / abnormalities*
Enteral Nutrition
Infant, Newborn
Mandible / abnormalities*,  surgery
Maxilla / abnormalities*,  surgery
Mouth Protectors

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