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Surgical management of edentulous/atrophic mandibular fracture: a report of two cases

Authors
 Jae-Seok Lim ; Jin-Il Kwon ; Hyung Jun Kim ; Bong Chul Kim 
Citation
 대한구강악안면외과학회지, Vol.38(1) : 50~54, 2012 
Journal Title
 대한구강악안면외과학회지 
ISSN
 1225-1585 
Issue Date
2012
Abstract
According to Luhr's classification, a fracture in the mandible with a width of less than 15-20 mm is considered to be an atrophic mandibular fracture and its incidence is very rare. Because of the reduced cross-sectional area and smaller contact area of the fractured ends as well as the poorly vascularized bony structure and delayed bone healing, an atrophic mandibular fracture is a great challenge for oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Surgeons tend to perform closed reduction, because open reduction is considered a non-life-saving surgery among elderly patients. Thus, most of them have limited experience in surgical management. According to recent reports, open reduction yields a good result, and the Association for Osteosynthesis (AO) group has recommended open reduction. This is a case report of our two experiences of open reduction and rigid fixation of atrophic mandibular fractures by the AO principle. Articles were also reviewed here.
URI
http://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/92223
DOI
10.5125/jkaoms.2012.38.1.50
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1. 연구논문 > 2. College of Dentistry > Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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