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The fact that perforating wounds of the palate should be left to heal spontaneously is not widely recognised, although it is well known by those who carry out palate surgery. The prognosis is so good that most cases need not be admitted to hospital. The very rare exceptions, namely patients with a torn palatine artery, or those in whom a foreign body is embedded in the tissues, are mentioned and suggestions made concerning their management. In a review of 12 cases referred to this Department during the last 10 years and treated conservatively, no evidence of permanent damage or fistula formation was found.
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