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A preoperative appliance for a newborn with cleft palate.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19115789     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cleft palate is a commonly observed congenital maxillofacial defect. One of the most important problems with clefts is the interference with feeding. An affected infant cannot produce negative pressure in the oral cavity and therefore cannot move the bolus backward to the pharynx. To obtain better nutritional intake prior to surgical correction, a palatal lift obturator is recommended. In this clinical report, a modified technique of obturator fabrication is presented. The new method uses a piece of tulle, a flexible and durable material that is frequently used in theater attire. With the help of this material, the bulb part is connected to the plate as a labile piece, and this connection acts like a natural velopharyngeal extension. Additionally, because of the softer property of the silicone elastomer, the posterior pharyngeal wall is less irritated.
Banu Karayazgan; Yumushan Gunay; Bahadir Gurbuzer; Mustafa Erkan; Arzu Atay
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2008-01-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association     Volume:  46     ISSN:  1055-6656     ISO Abbreviation:  Cleft Palate Craniofac. J.     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-31     Completed Date:  2009-04-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9102566     Medline TA:  Cleft Palate Craniofac J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53-7     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Department of Prosthodontics, GATA Military Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Acrylic Resins
Cleft Palate / complications,  physiopathology*
Deglutition Disorders / etiology,  therapy
Infant, Newborn
Palatal Obturators*
Palate, Soft / physiopathology*
Preoperative Care
Prosthesis Design
Sucking Behavior*
Surgical Mesh
Velopharyngeal Insufficiency / complications,  physiopathology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Acrylic Resins

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