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1/3. An endosseous, implant-retained obturator for the rehabilitation of a recurrent central giant cell granuloma: a clinical report.

    The prosthodontic rehabilitation of a patient with a recurrent maxillary CGCG has been described. The patient's immense defect originally was rehabilitated with a scapular microvascular free flap, endosseous dental implants, and an ISP that became obsolete by virtue of the resection of recurrent disease and the subsequent need for velopharyngeal obturation. The patient was provided with a surgical obturator at the time of the resection of the recurrent CGCG. The surgical obturator thereafter was modified into an interim obturator to provide velopharyngeal competence while the soft tissues around the palatal defect healed. Finally, the construction of a bar-retained definitive obturator markedly improved the patient's speech, mastication, and deglutition.
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2/3. Postsurgical use of prosthetic palatal appliances. Two case reports.

    patients with cleft lip or palate encounter a myriad of difficulties in their early years of life, some of which begin at birth. The defect often impairs suckling and deglutition in the neonate. It can hinder appropriate speech development and may impose undue social and psychological stresses. Surgical and orthodontic interventions are essential and prosthetic palatal appliances play an important role not only throughout the patient's treatment course, but also in the treatment of unfavorable surgical sequelae.
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3/3. myotonic dystrophy revealed at videoradiography of deglutition and speech in adult patients with velopharyngeal insufficiency: presentation of four cases.

    patients with velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) without cleft palate, who appear for the first time in adulthood for treatment, will probably reveal a high percentage of undiagnosed myotonic dystrophy (MD). Videoradiography of deglutition and speech reveals the diagnosis. Eleven adult noncleft palate patients with VPI were studied with videoradiography of the pharynx and esophagus. Three exhibited functional radiographic manifestations of MD during deglutition and speech. The diagnosis confirmed by neurologic examination was not known or suspected prior to videoradiography. An additional patient with VPI and suspected MD displayed the same constellation of radiographic findings. Follow-up examinations confirmed the diagnosis of MD. Three of the four patients had had symptoms of VPI since childhood, but none had complaints of deglutition problems except for accidental nasal regurgitations.
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