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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 149-152  

A 2-year retrospective analysis of facial injuries in patients treated at department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, IGGDC, Jammu, India

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Indira Gandhi Government Dental College, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Date of Web Publication10-Apr-2015

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Parveen Lone
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Indira Gandhi Government Dental College, Jammu - 180 001, Jammu and Kashmir
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-5950.154817

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Introduction: The incidence of maxillofacial injuries is on the rise due to motor vehicle accidents and increased incidence of violence in recent times. The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the incidence, etiology, and the pattern of fractures in the maxillofacial region. Materials and Methods: After obtaining permission from the concerned authorities, a predesigned questionnaire was used to collect the necessary data from the department. A retrospective analysis of 787 patients, who suffered trauma and were managed in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Indira Gandhi Government Dental College (IGGDC), Jammu over a period of 2 years was carried out. Results: Road traffic accident (RTA) was the common cause of maxillofacial injuries. Men sustained more injuries as compared to women. Injuries were most commonly sustained in the age group of 11-40 years, constituting about 76% of all injuries, mandibular fractures were the most common. Conclusion: RTAs were the commonest cause for the maxillofacial injuries.

Keywords: Indira Gandhi Government Dental College, maxillofacial injuries, pre-designed questionnaire, road traffic accidents

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Lone P, Singh AP, Kour I, Kumar M. A 2-year retrospective analysis of facial injuries in patients treated at department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, IGGDC, Jammu, India. Natl J Maxillofac Surg 2014;5:149-52

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Lone P, Singh AP, Kour I, Kumar M. A 2-year retrospective analysis of facial injuries in patients treated at department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, IGGDC, Jammu, India. Natl J Maxillofac Surg [serial online] 2014 [cited 2023 Jan 29];5:149-52. Available from: https://www.njms.in/text.asp?2014/5/2/149/154817

   Introduction Top

Maxillofacial trauma represents one of the greatest challenges to public health services worldwide, because of their high incidence and significant financial cost. They are often associated with morbidity and varying degrees of physical, functional, and esthetic damage. [1],[2] The road traffic accidents (RTAs) are now considered a public health hazard of primary magnitude and are likely to increase in the coming years owing to rapid increase in the automobile users. [3] Accidents are definitely on the increase in India. The country has world's highest fatality rate in RTAs, 20 times that of developed countries. In India, eight people get killed for every 100 vehicles; whereas, in developed countries like UK, USA, and France; one person gets killed for every 1,000 vehicles. [4],[5] Maxillofacial injuries occur in significant number of trauma patients [6] and management includes treatment of facial bone fractures, dentoalveolar fractures, and soft tissue injuries, as well as concomitant injuries. [7]

Epidemiological assessments of these injuries are essential to reaffirm patterns, identify new trends, plan and evaluate preventive measures and health policies, and develop priority goals for research. Several studies of the incidence and etiology of maxillofacial traumas have been carried out in countries such as Austria, [8] Germany, [9] New Zealand, [10] and United Arab Emirates. [11] Few studies from India are found in literature. [12],[13] There is lack of population based data on maxillofacial injuries due to RTAs in this part of the country. This is an important research agenda; hence, the present study was taken up as an attempt to provide a retrospective analysis of patients treated for maxillofacial injuries and to determine the factors responsible for facial fractures, the age and sex distribution and the type of fracture.

   Materials and Methods Top

A predesigned questionnaire was used to collect the data for this retrospective analysis. After obtaining permission from the concerned hospital authorities, the hospital records of all the patients treated for maxillofacial injuries in the department during the year 2011 and 2012 (January 2011-December 2012) were checked. The information pertaining to age and sex, distribution, etiology of fracture, type of fracture, and associated injuries was entered in the pro forma. The data was then computerized and subject to statistical analysis, using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) windows version 10.0.

   Results Top

A total of 787 patients were treated for maxillofacial injuries from January 2011 to December 2012. Men sustained significantly more maxillofacial injuries as compared to females, with an overall ratio of 4.5:1 [Figure 1]. Majority of maxillofacial injuries were seen in 2 nd -4 th decade of life constituting a major proportion (76.49%) of these maxillofacial injuries [Figure 2]. Of the eight causes for sustaining maxillofacial injuries, RTAs were the most common (73.95%) followed by interpersonal violence (13.34%) [Figure 3]. The fracture of the mandible was most common maxillofacial injury (44.34%) followed by mid face fractures (18.42) [Figure 4]. Parasymphysis fracture was the most common (38%) lower third fractures [Figure 5] and zygomatic complex fractures were the most common of the middle third fracture (55.9%) [Figure 6].
Figure 1: Sex distribution of maxillofacial injuries

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Figure 2: Age distribution of maxillofacial injuries

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Figure 3: Etiology of maxillofacial injuries

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Figure 4: Type of maxillofacial injuries

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Figure 5: Distribution of mandibular fractures

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Figure 6: Distribution of middle third fractures

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   Discussion Top

The higher prevalence of maxillofacial injuries in males as in our study is well-documented in the literature. [3],[14],[15] Males are at greater risk due to their greater participation in activities such as driving vehicles, sports that involve physical contact, an active social life and drug use, including alcohol. [16],[17] However over the past 3 decades, an increasing prevalence of trauma has been reported among females, mainly in the under-40 age group, probably due to change in women's social behavior, including their involvement in non-domestic work, a greater active social life, participation in vehicular traffic, and sports as a leisure and health activity. [17],[18]

The fact that majority of the victims were in the 21-30 years age group (39%) is also in accordance with other studies. [2],[7],[13],[19],[20] This is possibly due to behavioral changes and socioeconomic and emotional conflicts to which these young adults are exposed. This age group is recognized as a phase of great personal independence, social excitement, intense mobility, careless driving on the roads, and exposure to urban violence. [10],[13],[21],[22]

Children and individuals over 40 years are less involved in maxillofacial injuries. [8],[19],[23],[24] However, the considerable number of patients in the age group of 0-10 years (14%) underline the importance of the development and adoption of specific strategies for the prevention of trauma during the childhood, mainly the prevention of falls, traffic accidents, and domestic violence. [23],[24]

RTAs were the main cause of maxillofacial injuries (74%), corroborating other Indian and international studies. [2],[3],[12],[13],[14],[15],[16],[18] The increasing number of RTAs in developing countries like India may be attributed to many factors like sharing of roadways by pedestrians and animals with vehicular traffic, low driving standards, large number of old and poorly maintained vehicles on road, large number of two wheelers, defective roads, and widespread disregard for traffic rules. [4] The increasing use of mobile phones and drunken driving is becoming a growing concern for road safety. The disturbance caused by mobile phone usage can impair driving performance in number of ways like longer reaction time, inability to keep correct lane. Drivers using mobile phones are four times more likely to be involved in crash. [25] Safer roads, effective law enforcement, and public transport policies contributed to a significant decrease in the occurrence of traffic accidents in developed countries over the last 3 decades. [17],[20] Vehicle accident statistics indicate that the best protection against injury includes safety awareness courses, defensive riding skills and a personal commitment to ride safely at all times. [25]

Physical violence is another increasingly important etiological factor for maxillofacial injuries. In countries like United States, Finland, and Switzerland assaults have been reported as the main cause of maxillofacial injuries. [10],[26] In the present study, assaults were the second most prevalent etiological factor (13.34%), which reinforces the need for the development of preventive programs, aiming to help individuals, organizations, and communities; and government agencies plan proactively for the successful mitigation of unexpected violence.

The higher involvement of mandible may be attributed to its prominence and also to its exposed anatomical position on the face. Most of the victims of RTAs will try to avoid their head against injury at the time of accidents. Thus, in the process of avoiding their head, may receive maximum impact to the mandible. The studies conducted by Veeresha and Shankararadhya, [3] Motamedi, [21] Ortakoglu et al., [27] and Qudah and Bataineh, [28] have also found mandibular fracture to be the most common maxillofacial injury. The force of the blow is transferred from the chin along the mandible to the condyle causing fractures in the neck, which is one of the weak anatomical locations within the mandible. The long roots of canines, presence of third molars, and also the abrupt change in the direction between the large, strong body of the mandible, and the thin ascending ramus make the parasymphysis and the angle region, the other two weak anatomical sites susceptible for fractures as found in the studies by Veeresha and Shankararadhya, [3] Motamedi, [21] and Orkatoglu et al. [27] Parasymphysis was the most common site involved in our study.

The observed high incidence of nasal and zygomatic complex in most of the middle third fractures is obviously related to the prominent position of these anatomic structures within the facial skeleton, and their greater exposure to external trauma. [10],[20],[22] However, few cases of nasal fractures are reported in maxillofacial trauma studies as patients are usually referred to ear, nose, and throat (ENT) and plastic surgeons. [10],[20],[21] The studies by Al Khateeb and Abdullah [29] have found zygomatic complex as the most common middle third fracture which is coinciding with the results of this study.

   Conclusion Top

The findings of this study indicate the need for development of emergency protocols, effective educational and preventive strategies, and the implementation of policies aimed at preventing and reducing maxillofacial injury and its effects.

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