Mandibular lengthening by distraction was performed in a 6-year-old tracheostomy-dependent Treacher-Collins syndrome patient. Detailed preoperative imaging revealed an occluded retrotongue base pharyngeal airway, which, following mandibular distraction, became patent and permitted tracheostomy removal. Mandibular distraction as a technique must be targeted toward clinical problems-management of upper-airway obstruction may be one such scenario.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Craniofacial Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
- Airway obstruction
- Mandibular lengthening
- Treacher-Collins syndrome