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ITALIAN JOURNAL OF MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
A Journal on Maxillofacial Surgery
Official Journal of the Italian Society of Maxillofacial Surgery
Rivista Italiana di Chirurgia Maxillo-Facciale 2002 April;13(1):27-31
Mandibular condyle fracture: early experience with biodegradable fixation in pediatric age. Case report
Rabbiosi D., Mazzoleni F., Salvato G., Rovati L. C. V.
Chair and Maxillo-Facial Surgery Unit, San Gerardo Nuovo Hospital, Monza, Milano University School of Medicine Milano-Bicocca
The authors, after a brief description of the etiology, clinical implications and diagnosis of condylar fractures, present the treatment protocol adopted. In this particular clinical case a severely displaced condylar fracture is presented. This fracture was reduced and stabilized with resorbable plates and screws, inserted through an extra oral preauricular access. The authors think that this type of stabilization is an ideal way to treat pediatric fractures, as it is believed not to interfere with bone development and not to alter growth centres.