Facial Fracture (cont.)
Facial Fracture Prognosis
- The patient will require follow-up care in 5-7 days for re-evaluation after the swelling has subsided.
- If the patient's nose needs to be put back into place, it is usually done at
the follow-up visit.
- Prognosis is usually good.
Jaw (mandibular) fracture: Prognosis is usually good.
Midface (maxillary) fracture
- People with midface fractures have a poorer prognosis because of other injuries suffered from the accident that caused their fracture.
- A high incidence of blindness is reported in a particular type of maxillary fracture.
Cheekbone (zygomatic) fracture: As an isolated injury, this usually presents a cosmetic problem only.
Temporomandibular joint dislocation: Be careful not to open the mouth widely after
the jaw is put back into place, because of the risk of another dislocation of the joint.
REFERENCE: Last Editorial Review: 4/20/2012
MedscapeReference.com. Face Fracture.
Previous contributing coatuhors and editors:
Michelle S Nathan, MD, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine.
Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James S Cohen, MD, Consulting Staff, James Cohen, PC.
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