Le Fort I Approach for Midline Tumors of the Palate

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Abstract

Midline tumors of the palate may represent a challenge for the maxillofacial surgeon. Their resection and immediate reconstruction could be hindered when a simply intraoral approach is selected. The Le Fort I downfracture approach represents an ideal technique for the management of this tumors, simplifying their resection, ensuring a tumor-free margin, and allowing their reconstruction with a temporal muscle flap. A review of this procedure is presented, highlighting the technical keys and its principal advantages.

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