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October 1989

Nonrigid Reconstruction of the Mandible

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, The Cleveland (Ohio) Clinic Foundation.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115(10):1190-1192. doi:10.1001/archotol.1989.01860340044014

• Immediate rigid reconstruction of sacrificed portions of the mandible is desirable, but experience has shown that as many as 50% of bony or alloplastic implants are ultimately rejected or removed within the first few months after reconstruction. Functional and cosmetic reconstruction of the mandible, floor of the mouth, and, where necessary, skin of the lower lip and chin can be achieved with various local and myocutaneous flaps, to be followed after approximately 1 year by secondary bony reconstruction with a significantly lower complication rate. We describe the results in 43 patients treated by this approach.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115:1190-1192)

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