Visualization of the most anterior part near the alveolar ridge in cleft palate surgery is difficult especially if the palate is a high palate. Even though the patient's head is in maximum extension and the patient is in Trendelenburg position, it is hard to raise the mucoperiosteal and vomer flaps without visualizing the anterior part of the flap properly. Meticulous dissection is mandatory to prevent fistula formation if vomer flaps are required for anterior hard palate closure. In order to have a better surgical outcome in patients with high cleft palates, we used dental mirrors. They have also been used for difficult nasotracheal intubations.
1These mirrors have various magnifications, the ones most commonly used by otolaryngologists in theatre have ×2 magnification.
- Matot I.
- Hevron I.
- Katzenelson R.
Dental mirror for difficult nasotracheal intubation.
Anaesthesia. 1997; 52: 780
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- Dental mirror for difficult nasotracheal intubation.Anaesthesia. 1997; 52: 780
Published online: July 20, 2006
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