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Early complete bone union after condylar fracture in a child.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of craniofacial surgery
Publication Date
Volume
22
Issue
4
Pages
1516–1517
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31821d4c88
PMID: 21778852
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A 3-year-old boy had unilateral intracapsular condylar fracture due to a fall. Short duration of immobilization using a facial band was performed for 5 days without any surgical intervention. The patient had full recovery in mouth opening with no deviation or asymmetry of the mandible. Posttraumatic 6 weeks later, the patient's computed tomogram revealed complete reduction of fracture, and bone union had occurred. In condylar fractures of children, treatment protocols with short duration of immobilization and early active exercise can obtain complete bone union, contrary to the previously described deformity or remodeling process.

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