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October 1968

Clothesline Evulsion of the Maxilla

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;88(4):439-442. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010441019

FRACTURE of the maxilla is a relatively common injury, high speed automobile travel being responsible for the majority of cases. To our knowledge there are no previous reports of fracture and evulsion of the maxilla caused by running into a clothesline. Because of the unusual nature of this injury and the successful management and recovery of the patient, the following case is presented.

Report of a Case  A 16-year-old white boy was admitted to the Vanderbilt University Hospital by way of the emergency room. The history was obtained from the parents because of the patient's rather poor general condition.About 1½ hours earlier the patient had dashed into his backyard and ran into a clothesline. His mouth was apparently open when he struck the clothesline. He was thrown to the ground in a semiconscious condition. He recovered and went into the house covered with blood; his maxilla and upper teeth