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J Craniofac Surg. 2004 Nov;15(6):986-9.

Classification system and treatment of zygomatic arch fractures in the clinical setting.

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Department of Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery, University Hospital and Medical School of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany.


A new classification system and algorithm of zygomatic arch fractures is described that provides the surgeon with a useful starting point from which to organize a valid treatment plan and management of zygomatic arch fractures. Hönig Merten (HM) class I is defined as an isolated tripod fracture, HM class II as an isolated stick fracture of the arch, and HM class III is a combined fracture of the malar bone and the zygomatic arch. Although reduction of the class I and II is usually closed, open reduction is mandatory in class III zygomatic arch fractures.

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