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J Maxillofac Oral Surg. 2013 Jun;12(2):210-3. doi: 10.1007/s12663-010-0072-1. Epub 2010 Oct 20.

Foreign bodies in facial trauma-report of 3 cases.

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  • 1Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Rural Dental College, Loni, Tal-Rahata District, Ahmednagar, 413736 Maharashtra India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Foreign bodies embedded deep in facial tissues presents a challenge to maxillofacial surgeons. Approximately one third of all foreign bodies are missed during initial examination. After facial trauma foreign bodies like grit particles, wooden pieces, thorns, pebbles, glass particles may get embedded into deeper facial tissues which are detected only accidently either with the help of radiographs or at a later stage when patient presents with some signs & symptoms like pain, pus discharge, sinus formation etc. Trauma to maxillofacial region especially after road traffic accidents is one of major cause of embedment of foreign body, but many of these cases go unnoticed. This article contains 3 cases of foreign bodies embedded in facial tissues.

CONCLUSION:

Proper initial examination of facial lacerations with thorough debridement is very essential for finding embedded foreign bodies. Foreign bodies embedded in deeper tissues are missed by surgeon eyes, so whenever in doubt radiographs must be advised to rule out presence of foreign bodies.

KEYWORDS:

Foreign body; Grid particles; Infection; Maxillofacial trauma

PMID:
24431841
PMCID:
PMC3682000
DOI:
10.1007/s12663-010-0072-1
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