The mandible is one of the most common facial bones to be fractured following a trauma. The etiologies for fractures of the mandible are varied and include road traffic accidents, interpersonal violence, accidental falls, and gunshot injuries. Fractures of the mandible usually have a definitive pattern. The direction and force of impact usually determine the pattern of fracture. Fractures of the mandible mostly occur in the transverse plane and very rarely in the sagittal plane. An unusual pattern of a mandibular fracture is presented in this study, which resembles the osteotomy made for a sagittal split of the ramus of mandible.
Department of Dentistry, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India
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Received January 15, 2013
Accepted February 1, 2013