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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 109-111
Maxillofacial intervention in trauma patients aged 60 years and older


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Dental College and Hospital, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (Deemed University), Porur, Chennai - 600 116, Tamil Nadu, India

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K Subhashraj
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Dental College and Hospital, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (Deemed University), Porur, Chennai - 600 116, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.40463

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the incidence of trauma victims of age 60 years and older who required maxillofacial intervention. The study analyses the pattern of injuries and the various factors that predict the treatment plan of these patients. A retrospective study was carried out in 1820 trauma patients who reported to the Sri. Ramachandra Dental College and Hospital and required maxillofacial intervention, over a period of 5 years (October 2000 and September 2005). Of the total trauma victims, 185 patients were found to be aged 60 years more. In the majority of the patients, the injury was due to road traffic accidents (79.4%). Males (72.4%) sustained more injuries than females (27.6%). Soft tissue injuries were seen in 49.1% of the patients, while 14% had mandibular fractures. People in their early 60s were injured more often than their older counterparts. The findings of this study highlight the present situation with regard to maxillofacial trauma in patients aged 60 years and older and its management in this part of the country.


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