Brief Clinical NoteDonor Site Morbidity of Rib Graft Harvesting in Primary Alveolar Cleft Bone GraftingEppley, Barry L., MD, DMDAuthor Information Indianapolis, Indiana From the Department of Plastic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Eppley, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, 702 Barnhill Drive, #3540, Indianapolis, IN 46202; e-mail: email@example.com Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: March 2005 - Volume 16 - Issue 2 - p 335-338 Buy SDC Abstract The use of the rib for primary alveolar cleft bone grafting offers one of the few donor sites for grafting under one year of age. Its use in 211 patients in an 11 year period revealed no morbidity other than a small donor scar. Rib grafting in infants differs significantly from that in teenagers and adults with minimal pain, no risk of pneumothorax when properly performed, and more than an adequate stock of bone for the alveolar defect. © 2005 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.