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Plast Reconstr Surg. 1993 Sep;92(3):431-42.

Osteocartilaginous flap technique for acquired and congenital saddle nose deformities.

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Post-Graduate School of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Tor Vergata University of Rome, Italy.


This paper illustrates the objective possible applications of the osteocartilaginous flap technique in solving the functional and aesthetic problems associated with saddle nose deformities, the pathogenesis of which essentially relates to: (1) congenital saddle noses; (2) post-traumatic saddle noses; and (3) saddle noses resulting from previous surgery on the septum. This technique is suggested as an alternative to a combination of other methods (such as septoplasty, bone, or cartilage grafts) to restore the inhalatory function of the internal nasal valve and the integrity of the nasal support structures using locally available tissues. The authors prefer to use this technique in the treatment of serious congenital or acquired saddle nose deformities and to assign composite grafts a supplementary function only. The different stages of this surgical procedure are analyzed and the results are assessed during short- and medium-term follow-up.

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