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Journal of Korean Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association 2006;7(2):91-93.
Plate Platform Formation Technique in Mandible Angle Fracture.
Jung Hwan Baek, Dong Won Lee, Won Jai Lee, Tai Suk Roh, Won Min Yoo
Institue for Human Tissue Restoration, Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. wnmnyoo@yumc.yonsei.ac.kr
There are various surgical fixation techniques for fractures of the mandible angle due to traumatic facial injuries. Among those surgical treatment modalities, fixation methods using plates, screws, lag screws and wires have been commonly used. With the introduction of absorbable plates, the plate fixation technique has been popularized. However, plate fixation requires an external incision or an external approach using trochar for the direction of screw fixation to be perpendicular to the mandible. The external approach has disadvantages in that it leaves a scar and involves some risk to damage the marginal mandibular branch of the facial nerve. To overcome these disadvantages, the authors used a plate platform formation technique on the fractured mandible angle. The result was satisfactory with no complications. Plate platform formation technique, as performed by the authors, can be a new and simple surgical technique for stable fixation and with minimal postoperative complication by an internal approach to avoid an external scar and nerve injury.
Keywords: Mandible angle fracture; Absorbable plate


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