An evaluation of the customized nasal clip protocol for bilateral cleft lip and palate presurgical infant orthopaedics.

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DOI: 10.1111/ocr.12715


OBJECTIVES: Nasoalveolar moulding (NAM) has resulted in profound outcomes in the treatment of bilateral cleft lip and palate patients, including non-surgical columellar lengthening and nasal moulding. We examine an innovative alternative that is less invasive, yet provides similar results. In this study, we describe a novel approach using the Customized Nasal Clip Protocol (CNCP™) and compare the treatment outcomes of a small cohort of infants with bilateral cleft lip ± palate with published results of the Grayson nasoalveolar moulding protocol.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort of six bilateral-cleft-affected patients was evaluated for this study. Standardized frontal and worm's eye view photographs were obtained, and clinical measurements were utilized to garner columellar length measurements and nostril height comparisons. The initial and post-surgical results were statistically compared with a student's t-test (p < .05). Inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied to the cohort, which will be described.

RESULTS: The resulting columellar length and nostril height increases of the CNCP™ group were comparable to a published cohort of subjects that have undergone nasoalveolar moulding. The nasal changes were found to be significant with a p-value <.01. The CNCP™ cohort also had fewer clinic visits, no complications that led to complete pauses of active treatment, and the benefit of receiving comprehensive treatment that was initiated at their first clinical presentation, in comparison to traditional NAM patients.

CONCLUSION: The increase of columellar length and nostril height that resulted from utilizing the CNCP™ in bilateral cleft patients met the treatment goals of presurgical infant orthopaedics, with results on par with published results of NAM. These results, paired with the reduction in patient, family, and provider burden, further support the continued use and development of the CNCP™ for appropriate patient populations.

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Orthodontics & craniofacial research




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Infant; Humans; Cleft Lip; Cleft Palate; Orthopedics; Preoperative Care; Nose; Nasal Septum; Surgical Instruments


bilateral cleft lip and palate; columellar lengthening; presurgical infant orthopaedics

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