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    Le Fort fractures with maxillary immobility are an uncommon presentation of facial trauma often associated with the disturbance of occlusion. Historically, cases involving high Le Fort fractures require a coronal extensive approach to mobilize the maxilla for occlusion restoration. Here, we review our institutional series of immobile Le Fort fractures and present their treatment approach, outcomes, classification, and then rationalize our treatment with a concept philosophy. We treated 12 consecutive patients with unilateral and bilateral immobile Le Fort fractures from 2010 to 2017. The mean age was 27.1 years. Ten patients had a unilateral greenstick Le Fort III fracture. Five patients also had associated mandible fractures. Intraoperative occlusions could only be restored after Le Fort I osteotomy was performed on the side of the immobile Le Fort fracture. The mean follow-up period was 1.6 years. All patients presented good long-term occlusion restoration. There were no cases of nonunion or significant complications. None of the patients complained of any malar or periorbital cosmetic issues during follow-up sessions. We presented an institutional series and classification of unusual Le Fort fractures with maxillary immobility, including a previously unreported fracture configuration of greenstick unilateral Le Fort III fractures combined with complete contralateral Le Fort I fracture. Based on our moment concept to rationalize treatment, as well as a systematic review of published literature, we advocate the judicious use of Le Fort I osteotomy to efficiently and safely treat these unusual fractures. Copyright © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.


    Han-Tsung Liao, Rashu Mittal, Gavin Kang, Chien-Tzung Chen. Le Fort Fractures With Maxillary Immobility: Classification and the Moment Concept to Rationalize Optimal Surgical Treatment. Annals of plastic surgery. 2021 Feb 01;86(2S Suppl 1):S58-S63

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    PMID: 33439604

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