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October 1995

Modifications of the Furlow Palatoplasty (Six- and Seven-Flap Palatoplasties)

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, Davis, Sacramento.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995;121(10):1101-1104. doi:10.1001/archotol.1995.01890100017003

Objective:  To assess and compare the Furlow palatoplasty, a modified Furlow palatoplasty, and traditional palatoplasty methods.

Design:  A retrospective analysis of the results.

Main Outcome Measures:  Cases were evaluated for operating time and complications, including oronasal fistula and blood loss.

Results:  There were no fistulas in any of the 19 patients who were included in our study. The modified Furlow palatoplasty was found to increase operating time and blood loss.

Conclusion:  The use of the modified Furlow palatoplasty is feasible in select cases; however, this technique increases operating time and blood loss, which must be balanced against the theoretical advantages of increased palatal function with the Furlow palatoplasty.(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995;121:1101-1104)