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Rivista Italiana di Chirurgia Maxillo-Facciale 2005 January-December;16(1-3):51-4

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Biodegradable plates and screws for stabilization pediatric maxillofacial fractures: clinical and radiological evaluation

Burlini D.

Pediatric Maxillofacial Surgery Unit Children Hospital-Spedali Civili, Brescia, Italy


Aim. A clinical-radiological review of pediatric maxillofacial fractures treated surgically with bioresorbable plates in the years (2002-2004) at the Pediatric Maxillo-Facial Unit of Children Hospital - Civil Hospital Brescia is presented.
Methods. From June 2002 to June 2004, 30 pediatric patients with maxillofacial fractures were surgically treated with resorbable plates. Out-patient follow-up was clinical at 1, 3, 6, 12, 24 months and radiological at 1, 6, 12, 24 months. Of the 30 patients 10 selected at random were re-examinated; the medical history was investigated and clinical and radiological examinations performed. Then, the patient was asked to give an evaluation of the surgical outcome by expressing adequate, good or excellent result.
Results. In all patients the resorbable plates provide a rigid fixation of maxillofacial fractures after the reduction and postoperative stability. More over, surgical time can be reduced and implant removal through a secondary surgical procedure it can be avoided.
Conclusion. Our experience suggests that in the pediatric midfacial fractures the resorbable plate devices must be considered the method of choice.

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