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World J Clin Cases. Mar 6, 2019; 7(5): 650-655
Published online Mar 6, 2019. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v7.i5.650
Application of computer-assisted navigation in treating congenital maxillomandibular syngnathia: A case report
Li-Qin Lin, Shan-Shan Bai, Min Wei
Li-Qin Lin, Shan-Shan Bai, Min Wei, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Shanghai Ninth People’s Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200011, China
Author contributions: Lin LQ and Bai SS are co-first authors and contributed equally to this work; all authors contributed to this work.
Supported by Ninth People's Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine "Multi-Disciplinary Team" Clinical Research Project, No. 201701011.
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Corresponding author: Min Wei, MD, PhD, Doctor, Full Professor, Surgeon, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Shanghai Ninth People’s Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, 639 Zhizaoju Road, Shanghai 200011, China.
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Received: November 9, 2018
Peer-review started: November 13, 2018
First decision: December 29, 2018
Revised: January 28, 2019
Accepted: January 29, 2019
Article in press: January 30, 2019
Published online: March 6, 2019
Core Tip

Core tip: Congenital maxillomandibular fusion is a rare anomaly of the craniofacial region. We report a 7-mo-old girl with bilateral maxillomandibular syngnathia. We performed bony isolation by computer-assisted navigation, a first-of-its-kind treatment approach for syngnathia. The operation time was minimized by at least one hour, and the patient's blood vessels, nerves, and tooth germs were well protected, and bleeding was minimized. There were major improvements in the patient's status. We concluded that application of computer-assisted navigation can significantly improve accuracy, effectiveness, and surgical safety in difficult-to-treat deformity.