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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 78-83

The use of tongue flaps in primary cleft palate repair

1 Centre for Cell Biology, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary, University of London, London, England
2 Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, England
3 Misurata Cancer Centre, Misurata; International Centre for Otorhinolaryngology, Misurata, Libya

Correspondence Address:
Navin Vig
Blizard Institute, 4 Newark Street, London, UK E1 2AT
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jclpca.jclpca_73_17

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The tongue flap, for the reconstruction of oral defects, was first described over one hundred years ago. They have since been used to manage a variety of defects and have proved to be reliable and predictable. We report our preliminary experience with the use of the anterior-based pedicle tongue flap for primary repair of wide palatal clefts in Libyan infants. The repair was associated with good structural closure of the defect and was free of any major complications. Given the current limitations in Libya, we have used this method for wide palatal cleft defects in the absence of standard support from a multi-disciplinary team. Our initial results look promising.

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