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Journal of Stomatology Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Volume 119, n° 1
pages 67-70 (février 2018)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jormas.2017.09.003
Received : 24 April 2017 ;  accepted : 3 September 2017
Technical Notes

Surgical management of lower lip pits in Van der Woude syndrome

H. Bertin a, , G. Diallo-Hornez a, B. Isidor b, J. Mercier a
a Oral and maxillofacial surgery, Nantes university hospital, 1, place Alexis-Ricordeau, 44093 Nantes cedex 1, France 
b Pediatric genetic unit, Nantes university hospital, 44093 Nantes, France 

Corresponding author.

Van der Woude syndrome (VDWS) is characterized by the presence of lower lip pits which may be of concern to patients due to aesthetic considerations. By presenting three clinical cases, we provide an overview of the surgical techniques currently available to treat labial pits. Fusiform excision with dissection of the entire pit is still the most commonly used procedure and it generally yields good functional and aesthetic outcomes. The split-lip advancement technique and the inverted T-lip reduction nonetheless represent good surgical alternatives. Proper management of the lower pits that occur with VDWS requires thorough knowledge of the available surgical procedures.

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Keywords : Van der Woude syndrome, Oral fistula, Surgical procedures

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