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Mandibular fractures

The following is a summary of the systematic review findings up to the date of our most recent literature search. If you have a specific clinical case, we strongly recommend you read all of the relevant references as cited and look for additional material published outside our search dates.


  • Of 540 studies reviewed, two studies described mandibular fractures 1,2
  • Study designs: case study / case series
  • Age range: 0 – 18 years
  • One study describes a mandibular fracture after a direct blow in a six month old 1
  • Abusive mandibular fractures occurred in all age groups 2
  • In contrast to other abusive fractures, mandibular fractures were not associated with other injuries 2

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  1. Schlievert R. Infant mandibular fractures: are you considering child abuse? Pediatric Emergency Care. 2006;22(3):181-183 [Pubmed]
  2. Siegel MB, Wetmore RF, Potsic WP, Handler SD, Tom LW. Mandibular fractures in the pediatric patient. Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery. 1991;117(5):533-536 [Pubmed]


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