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Palatal reconstruction following maxillectomy is a surgical challenge, and a nasoseptal flap is a feasible approach. This paper reports the first known successful clinical case of a nasoseptal pedicle flap applied for the reconstruction of maxillary bone following hemi-maxillectomy.
This report describes hemi-maxillectomy in a 60-year-old Italian male diagnosed with stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the left maxilla. Endoscopic transnasal extended medial maxillectomy was performed, followed by a transoral modified midfacial degloving technique for removal of the maxillary bone. The contralateral nasoseptal pedicle flap was used to reconstruct the defect. The case was followed up prospectively for the assessment of flap reception and healing.
The locally accessible nasoseptal flap is a viable alternative for palatal reconstruction; therefore, a second surgical procedure with its associated donor site morbidity can be avoided. Large-scale studies may help in establishing the cosmetic and functional outcomes.
To report our experience with endoscopic, endonasal management of sinonasal haemangiopericytoma.
Materials and methods:
Retrospective review of the medical records of 10 patients undergoing endoscopic, endonasal surgery for sinonasal haemangiopericytoma of the nose and paranasal sinuses, between 1997 and 2008.
Five men and five women were included. Their mean age at surgery was 59 years. All patients underwent endoscopic, endonasal resection of their tumour. Major post-operative complications were encountered in only one patient (stroke). Local recurrence was diagnosed in only one patient (10 per cent), who subsequently underwent a combined resection (endoscopic and external) with orbital exenteration.
Sinonasal haemangiopericytomas are rare tumours that are usually benign. The mainstay of treatment is wide surgical excision with free resection margins. Nowadays, the great majority of patients can be treated using a purely endoscopic, endonasal approach.
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