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Evidence-Based Medicine: Zygoma Fractures

Ellstrom, Christopher L. M.D.; Evans, Gregory R. D. M.D.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3182a80819

Learning Objectives: After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Describe the anatomy of the zygoma and the common signs and symptoms of fracture. 2. Describe the different operative approaches for zygomatic fractures and understand the essentials of proper reduction and fixation. 3. Avoid and manage common complications associated with zygomatic fracture repair.

Summary: Methods for the evaluation and management of patients with zygomatic fractures continue to evolve. It is the purpose of this Maintenance of Certification article to provide updated recommendations for preoperative assessment, surgical care, and postoperative management of patients with zygomatic fractures.

Author Information

Orange, Calif.

From the Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Institute, University of California, Irvine.

Received for publication May 16, 2012; accepted October 8, 2012.

Disclosure: The authors have no commercial associations that might cause a conflict of interest with the information in the article.

Gregory R. D. Evans, M.D., Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Institute, University of California, Irvine, 200 South Manchester Avenue, Suite 650, Orange, Calif. 92868,

©2013American Society of Plastic Surgeons