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At the annual spring meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Palm Desert, Calif, a variety of papers in maxillofacial trauma, reconstructive surgery, and basic science research was presented. The program chairman, Pierre F. Giammanco, MD, should be congratulated on making it a well-rounded program.
Maxillofacial Trauma Papers. Dennis Lee, MD, presented a paper entitled "Single-Point Fixation of Tripod Fractures." He compared patients who had two-point alignment with those who had wire fixation. Although requiring specialized equipment, single-point fixation reduced operating time and had a complication rate similar to other methods of fixation. "Outcome Analysis of Mandible Fractures Treated With Intraoral Double Miniplate Fixation" was discussed by Khalid Chowdhury, MD. In 71 fractures in 62 patients, plates were placed above and below the inferior alveolar nerve, even with fractures at the mandibular angle. The main advantage of this technique is to avoid a facial incision.
Pieper P, Nalbone V. Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1995. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122(1):94-95. doi:10.1001/archotol.1996.01890130086016