Journal Article Endoscope-Assisted Transoral Reduction and Internal Fixation of a Mandibular Subcondylar Fracture with a 3D - Shaped Plate

Ibaragi, Soichiro  ,  Yoshioka, Norie  ,  Kishimoto, Koji  ,  Sasaki, Akira

4 ( 2 )  , pp.574 - 576 , 2017-02 , International Society for Contemporary Medical Research
Introduction: Disadvantages of open reduction of subcondylar fractures include visible facial scars and potential facial nerve damage. Endoscope-assisted procedures have solved these problems, however the anatomical adaptation of osteosynthesis plates to the fractured area is difficult in the limited surgical field. Three-dimensional pre-shaped plates specialized for subcondylar fractures recently became available. They are originally not for endoscope-assisted procedures but it may be useful for endoscopic approach because they are very small and pre-shaped. Case report: This paper presents a case of 43-year-old male patient with subcondylar fracture. The treatment provided was open reduction and internal fixation of a subcondylar fracture with three-dimensional pre-shaped plates via transoral approach under endoscopic visualization. Conclusion: The paper highlights contemporary management of subcondylar fracture to avoid complications associated with open reduction and restore the post-operative functions.

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