Bilateral superiorly based full-thickness nasolabial island flaps for closure of residual anterior palatal fistulas in an unoperated elderly patient
Objective: Unoperated bilateral complete cleft lip and palate in an adult or elderly patient is seen rarely, and the existence of unoperated clefts is a result of unfavorable economic and social circumstances. We report an unoperated 65-year-old patient with bilateral complete cleft lip and palate and present our preference for the surgical management. Interventions: Repair of the bilateral complete cleft lip and palate was successfully carried out using straight-line closure for the bilateral cleft lip and two-flap pushback palatoplasty with superiorly based lateral port control pharyngeal flap for the wide cleft palate at the first stage, and large residual anterior palatal fistulas were closed using bilateral superiorly based (retrograde flow) full-thickness nasolabial island flaps at the second stage. Conclusions: To our knowledge based on a review of the literature, this is the first report of an elderly patient with bilateral complete cleft lip and palate and the first application of bilateral superiorly based (retrograde flow) full-thickness nasolabial island flaps for closure of large residual anterior palatal fistulas or alveolar clefts. The bilateral superiorly based (retrograde flow) full-thickness nasolabial island flap may be a good solution in large anterior palatal defects using unilaterally or bilaterally in a single stage with minimal donor site morbidity, in which there is not enough tissue for local repair or if previous attempts are unsuccessful.
SourceCLEFT PALATE-CRANIOFACIAL JOURNAL