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Crit Care Med. 1990 Nov;18(11):1279-81.

Use of a palatal stabilizing device in prevention of palatal grooves in premature infants.

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Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Illinois, Chicago 60612.


A prospective, randomized study using an acrylic palatal stabilizing device (PSD) was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of this device in preventing disruptions in palatal architecture. A total of 26 premature infants with birth weights of 540 to 1740 g, and intubated orally for a period varying from 7 to 109 days were randomized to control and experimental groups. All neonates in the control group developed palatal grooving ranging from 2 to 5 mm in depth, whereas those in the experimental group (with a PSD) showed no evidence of palatal grooving. We conclude that a PSD is an effective preventive device in premature orally intubated infants.

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