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J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2011 Nov-Dec;47(6):447-54. doi: 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-5699.

Oronasal fistula repair utilizing a temporalis muscle flap in a dog with severe trismus.

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  • 1Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.


A 9 yr old spayed female cocker spaniel presented for evaluation of an invasive maxillary squamous cell carcinoma. Curative intent surgery and radiation therapy allowed for local control of the neoplasm; however, the development of a persistent oronasal fistula prevented a complete recovery. A temporalis myofascial rotation flap allowed for successful resolution of the maxillary defect. Implementation of the flap was relatively simple and was associated with few complications.

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