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Repair of cleft lip with nonsurgical correction of nasal deformity in the early neonatal period.
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PMID:  2909076     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Auricular cartilage is soft and plastic at birth, so that congenital auricular deformities can easily be corrected nonsurgically in the early neonatal period. However, as the infant grows older, the flexibility of the auricle decreases. Alar cartilage exhibits the same elasticity as auricular cartilage in the early neonate. When a cleft lip is repaired, typically when the infant is about 3 months of age, it becomes difficult to correct the nasal deformity without surgical intervention. However, based on our experience, there is a fair possibility of correcting the cleft lip nasal deformity with a nonsurgical procedure in the early neonatal period. We performed cleft lip repair accompanied by nonsurgical correction of the nasal deformity in 44 neonates aged 2 to 7 days. A special retainer was placed in the affected nostril for 3 months. Following observation of 31 infants for 12 months or longer, their nasal shapes and symmetry were considered superior to those conventionally operated on at about 3 months of age. Except for one nasal infection, there were no complications.
K Matsuo; T Hirose; T Otagiri; N Norose
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Plastic and reconstructive surgery     Volume:  83     ISSN:  0032-1052     ISO Abbreviation:  Plast. Reconstr. Surg.     Publication Date:  1989 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-01-25     Completed Date:  1989-01-25     Revised Date:  2014-10-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1306050     Medline TA:  Plast Reconstr Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-31     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cartilage / physiology
Cleft Lip / surgery*
Infant, Newborn
Nose / abnormalities*
Prostheses and Implants*
Surgery, Plastic / methods
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