Publications by authors named "Jasper Vanpoecke"

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Sialendoscopy: A Four-Year Single Center Experience.

J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2021 Jun 22. Epub 2021 Jun 22.

OMFS IMPATH research group, Faculty of Medicine, Clinical intern, Department of Imaging & Pathology, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; Professor and Chairperson, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.

Purpose: Sialendoscopy is a relatively new technique designed to diagnose and treat benign obstructive salivary gland disease using a minimally invasive approach. The purpose of this study is to present our experiences regarding the use of sialendoscopy in the form of a 4-year, single center experience and to demonstrate its usefulness in oral and maxillofacial practice.

Methods: We collected data on patients who underwent sialendoscopy at the Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery Department of UZ Leuven between November 2015 and August 2019, including age, gender, sex, initial clinical presentation and symptoms, gland involvement, type of diagnostic investigations, diagnosis, localization of the obstruction, therapeutic intervention, surgeon, type of anesthesia, materials used, complications, secondary treatment, duration of follow-up, and outcome. Statistical analyses were performed, chi-squared was used to compare the different variables with P < .05 being considered significant.

Results: During the 4-year timeframe, a total of 44 patients (31 female, 13 male) underwent sialendoscopy in a total of 47 procedures. The average age at time of sialendoscopy was 47.4 years. The most frequent cause of obstruction was sialolithiasis (70%). Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) was the most accurate preoperative investigation for the diagnosis of lithiasis (57%). Symptom improvement occurred in 57.9% of patients, with a complication rate of 11%. None of the complications were permanent.

Conclusion: Sialendoscopy can be considered safe and effective for both the diagnosis and treatment of benign obstructive salivary gland disease, with a useful place in oral and maxillofacial surgical practice. We recommend the inclusion of CBCT and/or ultrasound in the diagnostic workup prior to endoscopy.
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June 2021

Condylar Fractures: An Argument for Conservative Treatment.

Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr 2020 Mar 11;13(1):23-31. Epub 2020 Mar 11.

OMFS IMPATH research group, Department of Imaging and Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.

Introduction: The treatment of mandibular condyle fractures remains a controversial topic in maxillofacial surgery. No uniform treatment protocol is currently available.

Purpose: We performed a retrospective monocentric cohort study of patients with condylar fractures and their treatment, including long-term follow-up by telephone, followed by a short review of the literature.

Patients And Methods: The available data on condylar fractures presenting at Leuven University Hospitals between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2015, were analyzed. Cause, age, sex, fracture level, degree of displacement, associated facial fractures, malocclusion, type of treatment, and complications were noted. Follow-up by telephone was performed after an average 261 weeks for the conservative group.

Results: A total of 109 condylar fractures were observed with a male/female ratio of 1.14:1. Most fractures were subcondylar, unilateral, displaced, caused by road traffic accidents, and treated conservatively.

Discussion: In children and intracapsular fractures, conservative management remains the first choice. Maxillomandibular fixation should be used sparingly in children and for as short a time as possible. Some patients indicated for surgery can still have acceptable results if treated conservatively.
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March 2020

Medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) stage III: Conservative and conservative surgical approaches versus an aggressive surgical intervention: A systematic review.

J Craniomaxillofac Surg 2020 04 3;48(4):435-443. Epub 2020 Mar 3.

OMFS IMPATH Research Group, Department of Imaging & Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospitals Leuven, University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. Electronic address:

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April 2020

Development and validation of the autotransplanted maxillary canine radiological index.

Clin Exp Dent Res 2018 Oct 17;4(5):167-173. Epub 2018 Aug 17.

OMFS IMPATH Research Group, Department of Imaging and Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Leuven and Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University Hospitals Leuven Belgium.

The purpose of this study was to propose and validate an index evaluating 2D and 3D radiographic variables of autotransplanted maxillary canines. Setting and sample population are from the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University Hospitals Leuven. Eight oral-maxillofacial surgeons rated 12 autotransplanted maxillary canines and adjacent bone using 11 rating variables. A new autotransplanted maxillary canine radiological index (AMCRI) was proposed. It consisted of 11 variables. These variables were based on 2D (intraoral) and 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) radiographs. Intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and Fleiss's kappa statistics were performed to analyze intrarater and interrater agreement. Considering cumulative assessment of the AMCRI, the mean ICC value for the interrater agreement of the eight examiners was 0.94, representing an excellent agreement. Intrarater agreement was 0.91. The AMCRI is an objective tool in rating radiological outcome of autotransplanted canines and adjacent bone, when compared with the contralateral canine.
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October 2018