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National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery
 
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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 74-78

An eye for a lost eye: A case of self-inflicting gunshot injury


1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, S C B Dental College and Hospital, Cuttack, Odisha, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, S C B Dental College and Hospital, Cuttack, Odisha, India
3 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dental Sciences, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Indu Bhusan Kar
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, S C B Dental College and Hospital, Cuttack, Orissa
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-5950.140184

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Maxillofacial defects due to gunshot injuries can have detrimental functional and psychological effects on the patient. These occur predominantly in young males, although all are at risk. Military, civil, accidental or self-inflicted injuries employing guns of varying caliber and ballistic properties may produce a defect or deformity which encompasses the entire spectrum of reconstructive surgery. Patients with facial defects have major difficulties to re-establish their mastication, speech, soft-tissue projections and therefore social integration. Successful prosthetic rehabilitation is crucial for better quality of life in case of large facial deformities. We present a case of 24-year-old male with gunshot injury to the left side face leading damage to the eye, which was rehabilitated with oculo-facial prosthesis.


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