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Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol. 1980 Jun;49(6):491-5.

The pattern of fractures of the facial skeleton in Kaduna, Nigeria. A survey of 1,447 cases.


A survey of 1,447 Nigerian patients with fractures of the facial skeleton is presented. The frequency and etiology of the fractures are described. Patients mainly affected were in the third decade of life. The male:female ratio is strikingly high, and the site distributions of the fractures are recorded and compared with those of other series. The cause of delay in reporting for treatment is examined, and the subsequent sequalae are outlined. Life-endangering injuries occurred in association with facial fractures. The necessity for teamwork between surgical specialists is emphasized. All fractures were treated by simple methods of fixation.

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