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Atlas Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2009 Mar;17(1):71-4. doi: 10.1016/j.cxom.2008.10.003.

Endoscopically assisted management of mandibular condylar fractures.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Dental School, 110 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ 07103, USA.


Endoscopic-assisted open reduction/internal fixation of mandibular condylar fractures is a viable alternative to traditional closed or open reduction techniques. However, case selection is important. Ideally, the fracture undergoing EAORIF should be easily manipulated into reduction and have enough stable bone on either side of the fracture to support a bone plate. It is important to note that in all reprinted studies, authors note a steep "learning curve" with the EAORIF technique. Identical procedures took the novice surgeon two to three times as long when compared with an experienced surgeon. EAORIF is a technique that should be included in the armamentarium of the maxillofacial trauma surgeon when treating mandibular condylar fractures.

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