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

Copyright © 2002 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

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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