Characterization and Management of Mandibular Fractures: Lessons Learned from Iraq and Afghanistan
ARMY INST OF SURGICAL RESEARCH FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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The ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have provided the oral and maxillofacial surgeon unique challenges in reconstructing and restoring function to these soldiers with complex facial injuries. Indeed, injuries that were unsurvivable in previous conflicts are now commonplace because of early surgical intervention, body armor, and rapid evacuation. This article examines the history, etiology, diagnosis, classification, treatment, and complications of mandibular fractures, with emphasis on the challenges in treatment of facial injuries associated with blast and penetrating injuries common in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Weapons Effects (Biological)