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Use of Tongue Flap in Anterior Palatal Fistula Repair: A Case Report

VR Chandra Babu Pamidi, Padma Praveena Mavuri, Tripura Pavitra Javangula, Siva Ganesh Pampana, Sri Niharika Medisetti, Viritha Manupati

Keywords : Case report, Cleft palate repair, Oronasal fistula, Palatal fistula, Tongue flap

Citation Information : Pamidi VC, Mavuri PP, Javangula TP, Pampana SG, Medisetti SN, Manupati V. Use of Tongue Flap in Anterior Palatal Fistula Repair: A Case Report. J South Asian Assoc Pediatr Dent 2024; 7 (1):42-45.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10077-3293

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 27-04-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2024; The Author(s).


Aims and background: Orofacial clefts are one of the most prevalent congenital anomalies worldwide and contribute significantly to the global burden. Cleft of the palate is widespread and negatively impacts health and child development, leading to social isolation, speech problems, malnutrition, and psychological effects. Case description: A 9-year-old child reported to the department with the chief complaint of regurgitation of liquids through the nose. The patient was diagnosed with an anterior palatal fistula. The present case report provides insight into the use of tongue flaps for palatal fistula closure and a brief review of other techniques. Conclusion: Though recurrent palatal fistula closure is a difficult condition, there are several treatments available, and the success of the treatment depends on the size and position of the fistula and clinical expertise. Clinical significance: Utilization of tongue flaps to close palatal abnormalities is associated with a low incidence of complications and a higher rate of success in both children and adults. When treating end-stage palatal anomalies, tongue flap closure is associated with a high success rate and a low rate of complications in both children and adults.

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