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We present the case of a 43 year old male with a myoepithelial carcinoma of the hard palate who underwent a subtotal maxillectomy, resulting in a significant midfacial defect. The defect was successfully reconstructed with a titanium prosthesis using Additive Manufacturing (AM), better known as 3D printing; the process used to manufacture the prosthesis being Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). A maxillary denture was fitted onto the titanium DMLS frame post-operatively. This method of reconstruction of a large midfacial defect proved to be successful both functionally and cosmetically, and resulted in a good quality of life 3 years post-operatively.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Myoepithelial carcinoma, Maxillary reconstruction, Titanium DMLS frame, midfacial defect, Additive manufacturing (AM)