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Facial Fracture (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

A doctor should check all people with facial trauma and any significant facial injury. The affected individual can either see a doctor or go to the emergency department.

In the event of serious trauma, 911 should be called.

If a person experiences the following symptoms, seek medical attention.

  • Clear nasal discharge
  • Nosebleed
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Any visual disturbance such as double or blurry vision
  • Any hearing problem
  • Inability to bring teeth together
  • Pain with jaw movement
  • Altered sensation on the face
  • Face uneven (asymmetrical)
  • Open wounds with visible bone
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