Objective: The objective of this research was to study the influence of the use of helmet in facial trauma victims of motorcycle accidents with moderate traumatic brain injury.
Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the incidence of facial injuries in helmeted and nonhelmeted victims with moderate traumatic brain injury at a referral trauma hospital.
Results: The sample consisted of 272 patients predominantly men (94.5%) and between 21 and 40 years old (62.9%). The majority of patients were using helmet (80.1%). The occurrence of facial fractures was most frequent for zygomatic bone (51.8%), followed by mandible (18.8%) and nasal bones (9.2%).
Conclusions: Individuals in the most productive age group are most affected, which causes a great loss to financial and labor systems. It is important to take measures to alert the public regarding the severity of injuries likely to occur in motorcycle-related accidents and ways to prevent them.
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From the *Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Universidade de Pernambuco, Camaragibe, Pernambuco; †Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba (UEPB), Campina Grande, Paraíba; and ‡Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.
Received November 8, 2011.
Accepted for publication January 2, 2012.
Address correspondence and reprint requests to Josuel Raimundo Cavalcante, DDS, PhD, Hospital Antônio Targino, Delmiro Gouveia St, 442 400, Centenário, Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil 58107-735; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The authors report no conflict of interest.