Volume 16, Number 1, March 2004

The Uvulopalatal Flap in Soft Palate Reconstruction

Ahmad Zulkifli Ahmad Rashdi,1 Kelvin Lye Hock Lim2

1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, and 2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, National University of Malaysia Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Abstract
Pleomorphic adenoma involving the soft palate is uncommon. Patients with this condition can present with a mass in the oral cavity, dysphagia, and difficulty breathing. Resection of the soft palate may have a functionally detrimental effect on these patients, resulting in rhinolalia and nasal regurgitation. A patient in whom reconstruction of the soft palate defect using a uvulopalatal flap provided a simple and effective method of myomucosal tissue replacement is presented. There were no postoperative flap-related complications, rhinolalia, or regurgitation.

Key words: Pleomorphic adenoma, Soft palate, Surgical flap

Asian J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2004;16:42-46.
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