Short communication| Volume 58, ISSUE 1, P105-106, January 2020

Use of a chalazion clamp for intraoral biopsies: a technical note

Published:November 09, 2019DOI:


      Oral biopsies are common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in oral and maxillofacial surgical (OMFS) outpatient departments. The chalazion clamp is similar to a pair of forceps. One extension has a flat, solid, oval plate, the other, a ring-like structure that is used to clamp and retract soft tissues. We highlight the benefits of using this simple, widely-available tool during oral biopsies. We find that the clamp increases effectiveness and efficiency for the clinician and assistant. We recommend its use in daily OMFS practice.


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