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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2014, Article ID 842578, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/842578
Case Report

Maintenance of Increased Mouth Opening in Oral Submucous Fibrosis Patient Treated with Nasolabial Flap Technique

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, V.Y.W.S. Dental College and Hospital, Wadali Road, Amravati 444602, India

Received 25 December 2013; Accepted 22 January 2014; Published 5 March 2014

Academic Editors: A. Ferri and M. H. K. Motamedi

Copyright © 2014 Milind Naphade et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Oral submucous fibrosis (OSMF) is an insidious chronic disease affecting any part of the oral cavity and sometimes the pharynx with epithelial atrophy leading to stiffness of the oral mucosa, causing trismus and inability to eat. However, a more serious complication of this disease is the risk of the development of oral carcinoma. A case of OSMF reported with initial interincisal mouth opening; 8 mm which was treated surgically with nasolabial flap technique followed by active mouth opening exercises for 6 months with Hister’s jaw exerciser. The patient could maintain mouth opening of 32 mm at the end of 18-months followup. The patient was observed closely for any malignant changes in the oral cavity.