TITLE

Facial Trauma: Challenges, Controversies, and Therapeutic Options

AUTHOR(S)
Gibson, Alisa; Boswell, Kimberly
PUB. DATE
March 2011
SOURCE
Trauma Reports;Mar/Apr2011, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
• The initial priority when treating patients with facial trauma is the ABCs (airway, breathing, and circulation), paying particular attention to airway, major bleeding, and associated brain injury. • Emergency physicians should assess lacerations and wounds for active bleeding, depth of penetration, foreign bodies, and transection of nerves or ducts. • CT scans are highly accurate for the diagnosis of fractures and are more beneficial in the setting of multiple facial injuries. • Frontal sinus fractures can be complicated by cerebrospinal fluid leak, thus increasing the risk for infection. • Dental trauma frequently accompanies facial fractures: one study found that 64% of patients with bilateral mandibular condylar fractures had damage to the dentition.
ACCESSION #
59373825

 

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