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March 1982

Repair of Complicated Mandibular Defects

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Otolaryngology, University of Minnesota (Drs Shrewsbury, Meyerhoff, and Szachowicz) and Hennepin County Medical Center (Dr Meyerhoff), Minneapolis. Dr Shrewsbury is now in private practice in Minneapolis.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(3):162-166. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790510034007

• In most instances, the injured mandible can be successfully repaired with arch bars and intermaxillary fixation. However, it is important to identify certain potential problem situations early and apply special techniques for their treatment. Potential management problems, such as the noncompliant patient, the edentulous patient, gunshot wounds, radiated mandibles, tumors, and osteomyelitis, are reviewed. The use of special techniques, eg, the dynamic compression plate, the Morris biphase apparatus, the cobalt-chromium alloy (Vitallium) basket, a suction-irrigation apparatus, and the mandibular reconstruction plate, are described to show how they may be effectively applied to these special situations. With early recognition of these management problems and proper application of these more sophisticated techniques, the quality of care for patients with manidbular injuries can be enhanced.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1982;108:162-166)