A Postsurgical Obturator After Cleft Lip Repair in Patients With Holoprosencephaly

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Several factors affect healing of lip repair in children with complete cleft lip and palate in the immediate postoperative period. However, children with holoprosencephaly present a unique challenge. Because of their wide midline clefts and premaxillary agenesis they have protrusive positioning of their tongue, which can adversely affect the surgical result. In these cases we have found a postsurgical obturator made with hard-setting acrylic to be especially useful. Such an appliance may be used for the initial healing period (1-2 weeks). Two cases are presented here where such a device was used successfully.

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