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Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000059
MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY: Edited by Sherard A. Tatum

Current management of facial fractures in the preadolescent

Alhumsi, Taghreed R.; Gilardino, Mirko S.

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Abstract

Purpose of review: This article reviews the trends in management of preadolescent facial fractures – a challenging population because of the need to consider growth, dynamic changes in dentition, and evolving fracture patterns.

Recent findings: Recent findings are a more thorough understanding of fracture patterns and distribution because of recent comprehensive studies isolating the preadolescent age cohort; the role of rigid internal fixation for significantly displaced fractures; and the potential applications and indications for the use of resorbable hardware for fracture fixation in the preadolescent.

Summary: As preadolescent fractures occur in a period of growth and evolving dentition in the facial skeleton, it is mandatory for the treating surgeon to have a thorough knowledge of standard and alternative treatment options to optimally manage these patients.

© 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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