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Anatomical study of the effects of five surgical maneuvers on palate movement

Mendonca DA, Patel K, Skolnick GA, Woo AS. Anatomical study of five surgical maneuvers on palatal movement Journal Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery 2014;Jun; 67 (6):764-9.

The anatomy of the palate has been extensively described, with a predominant focus on palatal musculature. There are no biomechanical studies investigating the effects of surgical maneuvers on the palate to aid cleft closure. This study aims to describe the soft tissue attachments at different zones and quantify the movement following their release. Fourteen adult cadaver heads were dissected. The palates were split in the midline and five maneuvers described: Step 1, over the hard palate; Step 2, around the greater palatine pedicle; Step 3, over the palatine aponeurosis; Step 4, over the hamulus; and Step 5, resulting in a hamulus fracture. The movements across the midline at the posterior nasal spine following each maneuver were measured.


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