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J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1983 Aug;41(8):508-11.

The use of drains in oral and maxillofacial surgery: a review and a new approach.


The use of drains in oral and maxillofacial surgery is reviewed and discussed. Their relative advantages and disadvantages and potential complications are explained, and principles for wound drainage are developed. Use of the Jackson-Pratt drainage system, a versatile type of suction that minimizes the complications associated with wound drainage, is described.

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