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Proposed Classification for the Palatal Perforation (Dr. Santosh Patil Classification)

Santosh R. Patil*

Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, College of dentistry, Kingdom Saudi Arabia

Corresponding Author:
Dr. Santosh R. Patil
Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Medicine
and Radiology College of dentistry, AlJouf University
Skaka, AlJouf, Kingdom Saudi Arabia
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: March 08, 2016; Accepted Date: March 29, 2016; Published Date: April 06, 2016

Citation: Patil SR (2016) Proposed Classification for the Palatal Perforation” (Dr. Santosh Patil Classification). J Interdiscipl Med Dent Sci 4:192. doi: 10.4172/2376-032X.1000192

Copyright: © 2016 Patil SR. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Classification; Palatal perforation; Cleft palate


The palate is an integral part of the oral cavity constituting various tissue types that give rise to different types of pathological conditions. Palatal perforation can be defined as a communication between the nasal cavities and the oral cavity. Palatal perforation is a rare condition encountered in the routine dental practice. It is well understood that the palatal perforation can pose a difficult diagnostic dilemma for the clinician. The perforation may present with the common characteristics and may be indistinguishable clinically. Emphasis is placed on the importance of obtaining a thorough and comprehensive history and collecting relevant laboratory information. Palatal perforation may be known to arise secondary congenital or acquired causes. During the sixth week of prenatal period palatal shelves may fail to fuse leading to cleft palate [1]. Acquired palatal perforations may be seen due to trauma, infectious disease, granulomatous disease, drug abuse, collagen vascular diseases and neoplastic conditions. Adenoid cystic carcinoma is reported to cause palatal perforation in many cases [2]. Tumors from maxillary sinus or nasal cavity may extend to palate leading to its perforation [3,4]. Although these neoplasms usually form a mass, but in advance cases perforation of palate may occur in course of disease or following treatment [5,6]. Various cases of palatal perforation due to narcotics abuse are reported in literature [7-9] (Table 1). Surgical procedures such as maxillectomy, septoplasty or intubation may lead to palatal perforation [10,11]. Till date there is no classification given for the palatal perforation, classification of disease makes it easier to study and understand which helps in timely diagnosis leading to the best prognosis for the patient. With this objective the following classification based on the etiological conditions has been proposed after a brief review of various causative factors for palatal perforations existing literature.

Developmental Cleft palate (Secondary to maternal alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking, folic acid deficiency, teratogenic drugs, viral infection, corticosteroid use and anticonvulsant therapy )
Drug related Narcotics (cocaine, heroin etc.,)
Trauma Iatrogenic,  Thermal
Infection Tertiary Syphilis, Tuberculosis, Leprosy, Typhoid, Mucormycosis, Actinomycosis, Aspergillosis, Paracoccidioidomycosis, Histoplasmosis, Naso-Oral Blastomycosis, Leishmaniasis, Diphtheria, Rhinoscleroderma
Neoplasia Lymphoma, Carcinoma, Melanoma, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Collagen vascular disease Wegener's granulomatosis, Systemic lupus erythematous
Idiopathic Midline lethal granuloma
Granulomatous disease Sarcoidosis, Crohns’s disease
Other Rhinoliths

Table 1: Proposed classification proposed for the palatal perforation.


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