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December 28, 1984

Athletic Facial Injuries

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago.

JAMA. 1984;252(24):3395-3398. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350240041036

Most facial injuries that occur during athletic activities are of a minor nature, consisting of lacerations, contusions, and abrasions. These are usually treated by a team physician or an emergency department physician. However, minor injuries must be differentiated from the more significant injuries, especially those involving facial bone fractures. Significant facial trauma must be diagnosed accurately and treated with precision to avoid permanent facial deformity. Soft-tissue trauma as well as fractures are included in this review, and evaluation of the injured athlete is emphasized. A systematic approach is developed for diagnosing and treating common facial injuries in athletes.

(JAMA 1984;252:3395-3398)