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Correspondence: Repair of the Orbicularis Oris in Horn Players


Copyright 2024, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Fry, H.
Journal Title: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Date Published: Dec-88
Language: English
Category: Orofacial Disorders
Key Words: eye French horn performance musician instrument plastic surgery
Full Citation: Fry, H. J. Correspondence: Repair of the Orbicularis Oris in Horn Players. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 82, no. 6 (December 1988): 1103.
Full Abstract: Dr. Fry makes distinctions to damage of the orbicularis oris according to the nature of the injury: localized or general/diffuse. Dr. Fry has seen wind instrumental musician patients whose chief complaint was radiating pain of both lips, suggesting asymmetrical, general damage. Dr. Planas' successful treatment of a ruptured orbicularis oris inspired this surgeon to look harder for symptoms which would suggest a localized rupture. This distinction is significant as surgery may successfully treat localized damage, while it would not be effective in cases of diffuse damage.