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Naso-alveolar molding for newborn cleft lip and palate


Rohit Breh1, Pankaj Singodia2 & Shitun Sarangi1



1Department of Dentistry, Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India; 2Department of Plastic Surgery, Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India; *Corresponding author



Rohit Breh - E-mail: rohit.breh@tatasteel.com
Pankaj Singodia - E-mail: pankaj.singodia@tatasteel.com
Shitun Sarangi - E-mail: Shitun.sarangi@tatasteel.com


Article Type

Research Article



Received April 2, 2022; Revised May 31, 2022; Accepted May 31, 2022, Published May 31, 2022



The nasoalveolarmolding (NAM) technique is a relatively new approach to pre-surgical infant orthopedics that reduces the severity of the initial cleft alveolar and nasal deformity before surgery. This technique has proved to be an effective adjunctive therapy for reducing cleft deformity before surgery. Data on NAM are inconsistent with changes in nasal symmetry. However, there is a trend towards a positive effect. Therefore, it is of interest to report clinicians an overview of NAM appliance and method for nasal symmetry assessment to facilitate greater usage of this technique in contemporary practice. Thus, the biomechanics of pre-surgical infant orthopedics and of nasal stent that skillfully shape alveolus and nasal cartilage is explained.



Naso-alveolar molding (NAM), pre-surgical infant ortho-pedics, cleft lip, cleft palate, nasal stent



Breh et al. Bioinformation 18(5): 492-495 (2022)


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P Kangueane






Biomedical Informatics



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