Blood Supply of the Le Fort I Maxillary Segment: An Anatomic Study

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Abstract

The vascular supply of the Le Fort I osteotomy segment was studied by utilizing standard latex injection techniques. Anatomic dissections in 10 fresh cadavers demonstrated interruption of the descending palatine arteries with preservation of the ascending palatine branch of the facial artery and the anterior branch of the ascending pharyngeal artery within the attached posterior palatal soft-tissue pedicle in all specimens following Le Fort I maxillary osteotomy. These ascending arterial branches entered the soft palate at a position approximately 1 cm posterior to the pterygomaxillary junction, which was disrupted during the Le Fort I maxillary osteotomy. Separate ink injections of total maxillary osteotomy segments confirmed vascular perfusion of the ipsilateral hemimaxillary segment by the ascending palatine artery. Thus vascular supply of the mobilized Le Fort I maxillary segment is by means of the ascending palatine branch of the facial artery and the anterior branch of the ascending pharyngeal artery in addition to the rich mucosal alveolar anastomotic network overlying the maxilla.

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