Combination of Tessier clefts 3 and 4: case report of a rare anomaly with 12 years' follow-up.J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2014 Dec; 42(8):1985-9.JC
Tessier cleft types 3 and 4 are both rare craniofacial anomalies. Here we present the first case of a girl born with a combined anomaly of Tessier clefts 3 and 4 with severe bilateral cleft lip, a displaced premaxilla, and three-dimensional underdevelopment of the hard and soft tissues of the maxilla and zygoma. This type of rare facial cleft poses a major operative challenge. Over a period of years, presurgical alveolar molding with an active appliance was followed by seven operations. A satisfactory esthetic outcome was obtained. A multidisciplinary approach to treatment with a plastic surgeon in charge of the operations and an orthodontist in charge of the cleft deformity is essential.