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1General considerations

Multiple fractures

The mandible is similar in shape to a hoop and therefore multiple fracture sites are common. They can be grouped into the broad categories listed below:

  • Unilateral fractures (double or multiple unilateral)
  • Bilateral fractures
  • Fractures with contralateral condyle compromise
  • Bilateral condyle fractures with symphysis/anterior body compromise

Whenever one fracture of the mandible is identified, the surgeon must always suspect that one or more additional fractures are present. Careful clinical and x-ray examination will assist in establishing the correct diagnosis.