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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 512--515

Isolated cleft of the ala nasi: A report of seven cases

Department of Plastic Surgery, Deccan College of Medical Sciences and Allied Hospitals, Hyderabad, India

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Gopalakrishna Annavarapu
Department of Plastic Surgery, Deccan College of Medical Sciences, D.M.R.L.X. Road Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad - 500 058
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0358.105962

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Craniofacial clefts other than cleft lip & palate are reported to be 1.4 to 4.9 per 100,000 live births. Of these, clefts of nose are usually associated with other clefts. Isolated cleft of Ala is rare, 0.7% of all clefts reported by Monasterio. In an analysis of photographic records of 3,500 consecutive patients with craniofacial clefts including cleft lip & palate registered with us between 1985- 2012 which were accessed through our data base, 13 patients with nasal clefts were identified, seven out of which had Isolated cleft of the Ala. All were treated by a rotation flap of the Ala with good results with the longest follow up of 14Yrs. The authors have emphasised the rarity of the condition and presented a simple surgical procedure for correction. In the opinion of the authors this very simple procedure which can be performed by the junior surgeon gives a good long term result in the management of cleft Ala.


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