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Facial Fracture (cont.)

Facial Fracture Prevention

These injuries are often associated with alcohol use and fighting, motor vehicle accidents, and playing sports.

Always wear a seatbelt while driving and use proper protective gear for sports.

Facial Fracture Prognosis

Nasal fracture

  • 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.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCE: Face Fracture.

Last Reviewed 11/20/2017
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