Tessier type VI-VII cleft combination associated with congenital bimaxillary fusion and anophthalmia

Cek D., Guvenc B., Gunay Y.

JOURNAL OF CRANIOFACIAL SURGERY, vol.8, no.1, pp.54-57, 1997 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Congenital intermaxillary fusion is a rare anomaly. Combination of the anomaly with any type of facial cleft is extremely rare. Death in a majority of these patients as a result of feeding and aspiration problems in early life may have caused the reports to be limited. In this article a 5-year-old patient, probably the first in the literature having Tessier type VI-VII facial cleft combination associated with bimaxillary fusion and anophthalmia on the right side, is presented. The patient has survived on fluid meal through a very small opening for 5 years. The features of the case are presented, and the time and method of the management of such a rare anomaly are discussed with a review of the literature.