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Congenital Unilateral Zygomatico-Maxillo-Mandibular Fusion

Decaux, Jerome DDS, MD*; Olszewski, Raphael MD, PhD*; Laloux, Marc DDS, MD; Mahy, Pierre MD, PhD*

doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000005318
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Congenital fusion of the jaws (syngnathia) is a rare and severe disorder. The authors report a case of bony fusion of the left mandible with the maxilla and zygomatic complex in a 5-day-old male who was not able to feed and open his mouth normally. Early surgery was performed to release the bony fusion on the tenth day of life. The authors present a new technique based on the intraoperative use of 3-dimensional surgical guides.

*Department of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, Cliniques Universitaires Saint Luc, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels

Department of Maxillo-Facial and Reconstructive Surgery, Clinique et maternité Sainte Elizabeth, Namur, Belgium.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Jerome Decaux, DDS, MD, Avenue Hippocrate 10, 1200 Bruxelles, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; E-mail:

Received 30 October, 2018

Accepted 19 December, 2018

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2019 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.