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The Harrigan Newsletter Fall 2015 Edition

James Hupp DMD, MD will receive the 2015 Harrigan Award at the annual WFHS meeting on November 15, 2015. The Harrigan Award is an annual award going back 60 years that is given by the WFHS to honor members of our profession who have contributed significantly… read more

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