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A Journal on Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery
Minerva Stomatologica 2004 July-August;53(7-8):403-16
language: English, Italian
A protocol for the treatment of mandibular condylar fractures
Silvestri A., Lattanzi A., Mantuano M. T.
The authors suggest a protocol for the treatment of mandibular condylar fractures classified by fracture level: the condylar head, the condylar neck and subcondylar fractures. The protocol provides a guide to individualizing intervention according to the type of fracture, the patient''s age, the degree of restriction of mandible movement and the possible presence of fractured condyle displacement, which is often associated with functional disorders.
The age of the patient is a key factor in the choice of treatment. The therapeutic goal in adult patients differs from that in growing patients, since in children the condyle is a major growth center for the mandible. Management may be surgical or nonsurgical; surgical intervention may be conservative with or without immobilization with closed or open reduction and fixation.