Unilateral mandibular condylar fractures: a 31-year follow-up of non-surgical treatment

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Unilateral mandibular condylar fractures: a 31-year follow-up of non-surgical treatment
Author(s) Andersson, J ; Hallmer, F ; Eriksson, Lars
Date 2007
English abstract
At the University Hospital of Malmö, Sweden, standardized trauma charts were used for registration of all jaw fractures from 1972 to 1976. During the year 2005 the aim was to interview all patients treated non-surgically for unilateral mandibular condylar fractures during this period. In total, 49 patients with unilateral condylar fractures were treated non-surgically in 1972–1976. Of these, 23 patients were available for follow-up, 17 were dead, 7 were not found and 2 did not answer letters or phone calls. The follow-up was a telephone interview according to a standardized questionnaire concerning occurrence of pain and headache, function of the jaw and joint sounds. Information from original records, radiographic reports and the standardized trauma charts revealed fracture site, type of fracture and intermaxillary fixation if any. Eighty-seven percent of the patients reported no pain from the jaws, 83% had no problems chewing and 91% reported no impact of the fracture on daily activities. Neck and shoulder symptoms were reported by 39% and back pain by 30%. The 31-year results of non-surgical treatment of unilateral non-dislocated and minor dislocated condylar fractures seem favourable concerning function, occurrence of pain and impact on daily life.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijom.2006.11.001 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery;4
Volume 36
ISSN 0901-5027
Pages 310-314
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) condylar fractures
non-surgical treatment
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/4515 (link to this page)

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