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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Slight Swelling of the Left Mid-Maxilla

Lewis Christensen DDS from NUMC presented a case of a 7 y/o boy who presented with a slight swelling of the left mid- maxilla two weeks after he was shot with a BB.  Xray showed no fragments and he was sent home.  He came back in two weeks with increased edema of the left face with deviation of the nose and loss of vestibule.  Panorex showed normal mixed dentition but the left maxillary permanent cuspid showed  a radiolucency around its crown.   Continue reading

57 y/o Female Who Presented With a Painful Lesion Which Had Ulceration and Erythema

Dr. Appelblatt presented a case of a 57 y/o female who presented with a painful lesion which had ulceration and erythema.  It proved to be squamous cell carcinoma and the lesion was resected, leaving a palatal defect.  The patient refused further surgery and was treated with an obturator.  The second case was that of a 32 y/o male who had had a pleomorphic adenoma in the palate and had had it resected and presented with an obturator.   Continue reading

Maxillary and Palatal Tumors and the Reconstruction Options

Rachel Appelblatt MD, DDS from Bellevue gave a review of maxillary and palatal tumors and the reconstruction options.   The size of the residual defect makes a big difference in the reconstruction.   The margins of the surgery are affected by whether the lesion is benign or malignant.  Objectives of reconstruction include level of function, speech problems, the possibility of regurgitation and the esthetics.   Continue reading

Complications With Orthognathic Surgery

Dr. Amin Bellil from Montefiore Hospital gave a talk on complications with orthognathic surgery; it was a general overview of problems that they have seen in their hospital covering well over 600 cases.   He started  with problems with bleeding, loss of teeth in osteotomy cuts and errors  in fixation.  He said that they have had no  internal maxillary artery hemorrhages.  Continue reading

An Orthognathic Case Which Resulted in a Pseudo-Aneurism

Dr. James Kim from  Cornell gave a presentation of an orthognathic case which resulted in a pseudo-aneurism.  The case was that of a 15 y/o make with Asperger’s syndrome and slight asthma who presented with a retrognathic mandible with an open bite.  The surgery planned was for a segmental LeFort I maxillary osteotomy and then bilateral vertical buccal osteotomies of the mandible.   During surgery, there was some hemorrhage but it was controlled with pressure and local measures.  The post op course was normal with discharge. Continue reading

The Harrigan Newsletter 2015 Edition

Dr. Kevin Penna  2014 Harrigan Award Recipient

Kevin J. Penna , DDS was honored posthumously with the Harrigan Award for 2014.  Several members of his family and close friends received the Award from  WFHS President Claudine Cafferata at Delmonico’s NYC Restaurant on Saturday November 15, 2014.  A large number of former NUMC graduates attended the dinner  to honor  Dr. Penna  who was a very popular attending at  the NUMC  OMFS training program.  Dr. Rory Sadoff was unable to attend  due to illness but sent a letter in which he acknowledged Kevin’s contributions  to the training program.  Many spoke of Kevin’s attributes and character  and shared memories of him. Continue reading

2015 Meeting Photos

2015 Business Meeting Notes

Meeting chaired by President Cafferata.

Dr. Dolan presented the proposed By-Laws changes; they had been published and sent to the membership the required 30 days prior.   A motioned was made and seconded and they were passed .

The following slate for WFHS officers for 2015 was presented and approved: Continue reading