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Vet Surg. 2015 May;44(4):423-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12131.x. Epub 2014 Jan 29.

Staged double-layer closure of palatal defects in 6 dogs.

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Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To report a staged approach that includes selective dental extractions before definitive double-layer hard palate defect closure in dogs.

STUDY DESIGN:

Retrospective case series.

ANIMALS:

Dogs (n = 6) with a palatal defect.

METHODS:

Dogs had selective maxillary teeth extractions 4-8 weeks before definitive hard palate defect repair by double-layer local full-thickness mucosal flaps.

RESULTS:

All palatal defects were considered complex. Complete hard palate closure was achieved after initial attempt in 3 dogs; 2 dogs had revision surgery before complete closure, and in 1 dog, closure failed and further treatment was declined. No complications or long-term consequences were associated with selective dental extractions.

CONCLUSIONS:

Selective dental extractions before definitive surgical repair using mucosal flaps in a double-layer approach is an effective alternative when treating complex hard palate defects in dogs.

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