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Journal of Maxillofacial Trauma 2013 December;2(3):69-72

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Management of firearm injury with anticipated maxillofacial trauma. A case report

Goel M. 1, Yadav S. P. 2, Soni K. 2, Kumar P. 1, Agarwal A. 1

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery PGIDS, University Of Health Sciences, Rohtak, India; 2 Department of ENT, PGIMS, Rohtak, India


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Oral and Maxillofacial gunshot injuries are usually lethal due to close proximity with the vital structures. The severity of injury varies according to the caliber of the weapon used and to the distance from which the patient is shot. A case of firearm injury that was successfully managed by surgical exploration and removal of bullet from left submandibular space along with open reduction internal fixation of mandible. The initial care of facial gunshot wounds strictly adheres to the basics of trauma resuscitation. Early and appropriate surgical management have proved to be influential on the final outcome and aesthetic result. Firearm injuries in oral and maxillofacial region often present with anticipated frightful deformity. Internal wounds in the maxillofacial region are usually complicated but prompt and proper emergency management definitely improve the outcome.

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