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A Complication of Le Fort I Osteotomy
|Title||A Complication of Le Fort I Osteotomy|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Bhaskaran, A, Courtney, D, Anand, P, Harding, S|
|Journal||International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery|
Le Fort I osteotomy is a routine procedure for oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Following advances in instrumentation and anaesthesia, it is usually carried out safely as an elective procedure in hospitals with no adverse complications. Life-threatening complications are rare although the operation is performed in an area with an extensive vascular supply. The authors report a case of Le Fort I osteotomy that resulted in an unusual complication of cerebrospinal fluid leak.
|Practical Implications|| |
Cerebrospinal fluid leak is an unusual but possible complication of Le Fort I Osteotomy.
|Lay Summary|| |
Le Fort I osteotomy (the surgical cutting of a bone, to allow realignment) is a routine procedure undertaken by oral and maxillofacial (affecting the jaws and face) surgeons. It is usually carried out safely as an elective procedure (surgery scheduled in advance because it does not involve a medical emergency) in hospitals with no complications. This report is about a case of Le Fort I osteotomy that resulted in an unusual complication in the form of cerebrospinal fluid (fluid held in and around the brain and spinal cord) leak.