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March 1987

Single-Point Stabilization of Zygomatic Fractures With the Minicompression Plate

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Washington, Seattle.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(3):267-270. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860030043005

• Unstable zygomatic fractures frequently require stabilization at two points. A new "mini" dynamic compression plating system designed specifically for zygomatic fractures permits single-point stabilization. We used a minicompression plating system with a series of patients at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle. Satisfactory single-point stabilization of displaced zygomatic fractures was consistently achieved with this method. The plate and screws are substantially smaller than commonly used in mandibular fractures facilitating cosmetic concealment. There are theoretical advantages of this plating system as they apply to the unique geometry of the zygomatic fracture.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1987;113:267-270)

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