RAPID MAXILLARY EXPANSION DOES NOT INDUCE SIDE EFFECTS

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Edition V18N02 | Year 2013 | Editorial Orthodontics Highlights | Pages 2 to 3

Matheus Melo Pithon

With computerization of the contemporary world, access to information has become rapid and practical. Following this trend, this has beneited the biomedical ield, because nowadays clinicians do not need to wait for a scientiic meeting to keep up-to-date. However, with the great amount of scientiic information available, what can really be taken into consideration and brought to the daily clinic? With the intention of solving these questions and attempting to separate “the wheat from the chaf”, systematic reviews appear with the goal of “ishing” in an “ocean” of information for the most reliable answer to a certain question. In line with this trend and in seeking answers there is an old, but ever up to date topic: Rapid maxillary expansion. Italian researchers assessed whether this procedure would induce side efects in growing individuals.1 Ater an extensive search of the literature, they arrived to the conclusion that rapid maxillary expansion does not cause injuries in growing individuals. However, the authors open a parenthesis and emphasize that as a result of the low quality of studies found and available, no scientiically based conclusion could be drawn, leaving the suggestion of conducting future researches with greater methodological strictness.



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