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Stomatologija. 2012;14(2):60-4.

An alternative technique using a gutta percha points and blue methylene to excision of congenital fistula of lower lip in patient with Van der Woude syndrome.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, State University of Campinas, Piracicaba, Brazil.


Van der Woude syndrome is a rare disorder of craniofacial development, characterized by the triad (congenital lip fistula, cleft lip and/or cleft palate). Discomfort caused by spontaneous or induced drainage of saliva/mucus when pressure is applied or during a meal as well as poor aesthetics match is one of the main complaints of patients with congenital lip fistula. This paper aims to describe an alternative technique for excision of the congenital fistula of lower lip in patient with Van der Woude syndrome, using gutta percha points and methylene blue for better identify the the fullest extent of the fistula. This approach aims to facilitate a dissection of fistula tissues providing better preservation of the tissues around the fistula, faster healing and better aesthetics lip of the patient.

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