Neurosensory alterations of the inferior alveolar and mental nerve after genioplasty alone or associated with sagittal osteotomy of the mandibular ramus

Aldo Bruno Gianni, Ornella D'Orto, Federico Biglioli, Alberto Bozzetti, Roberto Brusati

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Aims: The purpose of our protocol is to study neurosensory disturbances following genioplasty, sagittal split mandibular osteotomy, or both procedures in combination. Many authors assessed the incidence and degree of neurosensory disturbances of the inferior alveolar nerve following orthognathic surgery but often results are difficult to interpret and compare due to a lack of standardization of methods. Patients: Fifty patients (24 males and 26 females) were tested with qualitative (touch sensation, sharp/blunt test, cold sensation and hot sensation) and quantitative methods (localization test, two point static and dynamic test) at least 1 year after orthognathic surgery. The patients were divided into the following groups: 10 patients in group 1 (controls); 12 patients in group 2 (genioplasty alone or in association with maxillary osteotomy or vertical mandibular ramus osteotomy); 10 patients in group 3 (sagittal split osteotomy alone); 18 patients in group 4 (sagittal split osteotomy with concomitant genioplasty). Method: On both sides four areas were tested: centre of chin and lip (cutaneous and mucosal sides), 2 cm lateral to the chin centre (cutaneous and mucosal sides), 3 cm lateral to the chin centre i.e. approximately at the mental foramen (cutaneous and mucosal sides) and vermilion. Tests were always performed by the same person. All patients were also asked to indicate whether the altered sensation was considered subjectively as being disabling. Results: None of the patients showed persistent anaesthesia in the tested areas according to the qualitative tests. In group 2 the quantitative sensory tests revealed normal or slight hypoaesthesia (17%) in all areas tested; in 30% of the patients of group 3, minimal quantitative sensory disturbances were noted, while the incidence of objective sensory deficits increased in patients who had undergone a concomitant genioplasty (40% among group 4). Among the tested areas the vermilion and oral commissure were affected most often in all groups. Statistical analysis (using STATA™ 6.0) revealed that these differences were significant (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-303
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery


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