This work will be presented as an oral presentation at the 2011 Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. Work completed at the University of Virginia Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. The authors have no financial disclosures for this article. The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.
Facial Plastics/Reconstructive Surgery
Timing for repair of mandible fractures†
Article first published online: 3 MAY 2011
Copyright © 2011 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.
Volume 121, Issue 6, pages 1160–1163, June 2011
How to Cite
Barker, D. A., Oo, K. K., Allak, A. and Park, S. S. (2011), Timing for repair of mandible fractures. The Laryngoscope, 121: 1160–1163. doi: 10.1002/lary.21775
- Issue published online: 19 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 3 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 FEB 2011
- Facial plastics;
- mandible fracture;
- mandible fixation;
- Level of Evidence: 2b
Timing for repair of mandible fractures is a significant factor with regard to the rate of complication.
Retrospective chart review of the previous 5 years (January 2005–January 2010).
All patients undergoing mandible fracture fixation performed in the study period and having complete records were analyzed (n = 83). Patients were stratified by time to fixation following initial injury. Subjects were then separated by the presence or absence of any of the following complications: infection, malunion, and nonunion. Logistical regression was then performed.
Out of 83 patients there were 4 patients with six complications including malunion (n = 4) and infection (n = 2). There were no cases of nonunion. Delay in surgical intervention did not influence the complication rate.
Complications from repair of mandible fractures are rare; it is difficult to detect significant variables that may impact outcomes. We found no relationship between complications and timing to repair.