Principles of pediatric mandibular fracture management

Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Mar;123(3):1022-1024. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e318199f695.


Mandible fractures are commonplace in today's craniofacial practice; however, managing the infrequent, operative pediatric mandible injury requires a thorough knowledge base and thoughtful approach. Not only do these patients demonstrate variable anatomy due to differing stages of dental eruption, but condylar disruption may translate into long-term growth disturbance. In addition, patient immaturity often complicates cooperation, and both fixation strategies and postoperative planning must take this into account. As a supplement to the authors' video presentation, the present article focuses on repair of the symphyseal fracture and bilateral condylar injuries in the pediatric patient.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Humans
  • Mandibular Fractures / surgery*
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods