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Palatal flap in bilateral inferior partial maxillectomy
  1. Daniel Sathiya Sundaram Selvaraj1,
  2. Pranay Gaikwad2 and
  3. Jagadish Ebenezer1
  1. 1Department of Dental and Oral Surgery, Christian Medical College and Hospital Vellore, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  2. 2Department of General Surgery Unit 1, Christian Medical College and Hospital Vellore Department of Physiology, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel Sathiya Sundaram Selvaraj; danielvellore{at}


Maxillectomy is done for a variety of disease conditions. Reconstruction following maxillectomy is done to restore the form and function. One of the important goals that are to be achieved in reconstruction is the separation of the oral and nasal cavities. In this article, we report the use of palatal flap by preserving the descending palatine artery during bilateral inferior partial maxillectomy, for separating the nasal cavity from the oral cavity. This technique eliminates the need for an obturator or another free or local flap for this purpose.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • bone and joint infections
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • head and neck surgery
  • otolaryngology / ENT

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  • Contributors DSSS authored this article. He also planned and performed the surgery. PG gave additional inputs in writing up of the article and he also planned and performed the surgery. JE did the literature review and was a scientific advisor. He also gave additional inputs in the writing up of the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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