Original Article – Clinical
Use of a Hard Palate Mucoperiosteal Flap for Rostral Muzzle Reconstruction in a Dog after a Traumatic Premaxillary Degloving Injury
Article first published online: 14 DEC 2012
© Copyright 2012 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Volume 42, Issue 2, pages 192–197, February 2013
How to Cite
Kurach, L., Plesman, R., Grier-Lowe, C., Linn, K. and Anthony, J. (2013), Use of a Hard Palate Mucoperiosteal Flap for Rostral Muzzle Reconstruction in a Dog after a Traumatic Premaxillary Degloving Injury. Veterinary Surgery, 42: 192–197. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2012.01071.x
- Issue published online: 6 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 14 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: SEP 2011
- Manuscript Received: SEP 2010
To describe a technique for reconstruction of the rostral aspect of the muzzle of a dog after traumatic amputation.
Adult female dog.
A 6-year-old, intact, female, mixed-breed dog was admitted for facial reconstructive surgery after traumatic amputation of the rostral aspect of the muzzle. The nasal planum and the rostral portion of the upper lips were missing. A hard palate mucoperiosteal flap and lateral labial advancement flaps were used to reconstruct the nasal philtrum and borders of the nares.
This reconstructive technique resulted in adequate nostril function and an acceptable cosmetic outcome. One naris developed partial obstruction with granulation tissue that may have occurred because of a lack of circumferential nasal mucosa to appose the skin on that side.
The mucoperiosteum of the hard palate can be used to reconstruct the rostral aspect of the muzzle after traumatic amputation, resulting in an acceptable cosmetic outcome.