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Na-Rae Choi, Sang-Hun Shin, Seong-Sik Kim, George Sandor, Yong-Deok Kim, Healing pattern of intentional pterygoid plate fracture after posterior movement of maxilla through Le Fort I osteotomy, Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, Volume 46, Issue 10, 2018, Pages 1828-1833, ISSN 1010-5182,

Healing pattern of intentional pterygoid plate fracture after posterior movement of maxilla through Le Fort I osteotomy

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Author: Choi, Na-Rae1; Shin, Sang-Hun1,2; Kim, Seong-Sik2,3;
Organizations: 1Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University
2Institute of Translational Dental Sciences and Dental Research Institute, Pusan National University
3Dept. of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University
4Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oulu University Hospital and Medical Research Center, University of Oulu
5BioMediTech, Institute of Biosciences and Medical Technology, University of Tampere
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-08-11


Background: To evaluate maxillary stability following Le Fort I osteotomy using postero-superior movement after pterygoid plate fracture. Additionally the authors sought to analyze the postoperative changes at the intentional pterygoid plate fracture site.

Materials and methods: Thirty-six patients with class III deformities treated with total maxillary setback at the Lefort I level were enrolled in a retrospective cohort study. Relative changes in measurement points were identified on cone-beam computed tomographic scans (CBCT) as well as lateral cephalograms. The outcome variables were determined as changes at measurement points obtained preoperatively, immediately postoperatively, and 6 months after surgery.

Results: The average posterior repositioning of ANS in the 36 patients was 1.78 mm and the mean superior repositioning at PNS was 2.78 mm. The maximal recurrence rate was less than 10% at the 6 months postoperative time point. The intentional fracture site of the pterygoid plates healed with a linear pattern. There were no major complications such as airway edema, hemorrhage and nerve damage reported over the 6-month follow-up period.

Conclusions: Intentional fracture of the pterygoid plates has a role in the retropositioning of the maxilla with good healing at the fracture site, little relapse and satisfactory postoperative stability.

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Series: Journal of cranio-maxillo-facial surgery
ISSN: 1010-5182
ISSN-E: 1878-4119
ISSN-L: 1010-5182
Volume: 46
Issue: 10
Pages: 1828 - 1833
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcms.2018.08.003
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 313 Dentistry
Funding: This work was supported by a 2-Year Research Grant of Pusan National University.
Copyright information: © 2018 European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license