Closure of palatal fistulae

Jessyka G. Lighthall, James D Sidman

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The occurrence of palatal fistulae in children with a cleft palate deformity after primary palatoplasty remains a relatively common complication. Symptomatic fistulae may cause problems with nasal air escape, nasal regurgitation, decreased speech intelligibility, articulation errors, and halitosis. A thorough understanding of the multiple reconstructive options, ranging from local flaps to free tissue transfer, is important in obtaining good patient outcomes. In this article, we describe some of the most commonly used methods for palatal closure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-167
Number of pages7
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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  • FAMM flap
  • Free tissue transfer
  • Oronasal fistula
  • Palatal fistulae
  • Palatal turnover flap
  • Tongue flap

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