PRE-SURGICAL NASOALVEOLAR MOLDING TECHNIQUE USED FOR EARLY TREATMENT IN COMPLETE CLEFT LIP AND PALATE NEONATES; CASE REPORTS
Despite ongoing scientific debate on treatment of oro facial clefting, varying treatment schemes and surgical techniques are still being used by different cleft care teams. Early treatment – before primary lip/nose repairs- of a neonate with a cleft lip and or palate (CLP) using a conventional maxillary plate has been appealing for cleft surgeons, dentists and also parents worldwide as this may result in reduction of cleft width and hence lessen the esthetic and functional implications involved with the overall multidisciplinary CLP treatment. In this case report we sought to introduce a rather recent approach for early management of neonates born with cleft lip palate deformity through presurgical nasoalveolar molding (PNAM) technique. Two complete cleft lip palate cases will be reported with illustrations of laboratory and clinical steps involved.
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