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Rivista Italiana di Chirurgia Maxillo-Facciale 2001 August;12(2):121-8

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Ballistic traumas in maxillofacial surgery: our experience and review of the literature

Nocini P. F., Cortelazzi R., Fior A., Collini M. *, Carminati R. *, Salgarelli A. C. *

From ­the Chair of Maxillofacial Surgery Ospedale Policlinico, Borgo Rome University of Verona, Verona
* Division of Maxillofacial Surgery Health Trust “C. Poma”, Mantua


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The ­authors of ­this ­paper ­have, ­through a crit­i­cal ­review of ­some clin­i­cal cas­es of bal­lis­tic trau­ma affect­ing ­the max­il­lo­fa­cial ­area, sug­gest­ed a pos­sible ­approach to ­this ­type of trau­ma ­which is of rel­a­tive­ly ­low occur­rence in ­times of ­peace. In par­tic­u­lar, ­two ­are ­the essen­tial ­steps in ­the ­approach to ­such ­patients: ­the ­first ­involves a mul­ti-spe­cial­ist ­team ­and ­aims to ­solve ­the ­acute prob­lem ­while ­the sec­ond ­falls ­more spe­cif­i­cal­ly with­in ­the com­pe­tence of ­the max­il­lo­fa­cial sur­geon ­since it ­relates ­both to func­tion­al ­and cos­met­ic reha­bil­i­ta­tion of ­the trau­ma ­patients. The anal­y­sis of ­the pre­sent­ed cas­es ­also ­makes it pos­sible to brief­ly ­review ­the ­issues relat­ed to ­the sur­gi­cal tech­niques adopt­ed ­over ­the ­past ­few ­years ­for ­the recon­struc­tion of ­the skel­e­tal ­bones ­and ­the ­soft tis­sues in ­the max­il­lo­fa­cial ­area.

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