Bilateral condyle dislocation and parasymphysis fracture of mandible in a child
Author(s): ANC John
Among majority of the pediatric facial fractures, mandibular fractures were located in parasymphyseal region (33.3%). The parasymphyseal fracture has to be treated with closed reduction due to potential harm to the developing canine. The treatment of parasymphyseal fractures is recommended only when the buds of the canines have moved-up from their inferior position at the mandibular border after the age of nine. Those with open bites or limitation of mandibular motion may be treated with closed reduction and a short period of maxillo-mandibular fixation (MMF). A seven-year old girl with parasymphysis fracture treated by closed reduction is described in this case study.