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National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery
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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 232-235

Immediate reconstruction of palato-maxillary defect following tumor ablation using temporalis myofascial flap

1 Department of Dentistry, BPS Government Medical College for Women, Haryana, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology, Goa Dental College and Hospital, Goa, India
3 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Goa Dental College and Hospital, Goa, India

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Sunil Yadav
Department of Dentistry, BPS Government Medical College for Women, Khanpur Kalan, Sonepat, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0975-5950.154845

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The resection of oral cavity tumor and malignancies often causes functional disabilities like deglutition and articulation. Maxillectomy is a very common surgical procedure carried out for the management of benign and malignant tumors of maxilla. Irrespective of the procedure, there is a common end result that is the defect. Several soft tissue flaps can be used for reconstruction of maxillectomy defect. Keeping the parameters of reconstruction in mind it is ideal to reconstruct the maxillary defect with either the free flaps or the regional flaps. Of all regional flaps, the temporalis myofascial flap (TMF) provides a high degree of reliability, vascularity, adequate bulk, and proximity to the defect in the oral and maxillofacial region.

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