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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 491-494

The role of computed tomography in zygomatic bone fracture - A case report

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Biology and Health Science Department, Western Parana State University, Cascavel, Brazil

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Dr. Luiza Roberta Bin
2069 Universitaria, Universitario, Cascavel-Parana ZIP CODE 85819-355
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DOI: 10.4103/ams.ams_9_20

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Introduction: The zygomatic complex is integral to the facial contour, protection of the eye and other facial structures, and dental occlusion. Its importance in facial function and aesthetics requires high quality outcomes of the treatment. Case presentation: This paper reports the case of a 46-year-old man who had an occupational accident resulting in extensive facial trauma and zygomatic fractures. The patient presented with hyposphagma, palpable step in the area of the infraorbital rim, paresthesia of the right infraorbital nerve, flattening of zygomatic prominence, abrasion of the chin and nose, a 7-cm laceration in the midface region, ecchymosis in the palate, and alteration in the dental occlusion without limitation of mouth opening. Computed tomography (CT) confirmed the zygomatic complex fractures. The treatment was reduction and fixation with plates and screws. CT was used throughout the treatment period as an essential diagnostic tool for accurate fracture assessment and classification, formulation of the surgical plan, and postoperative evaluation. Conclusion: This case study illustrated the correct use of CT for improved and efficient treatment of traumatic injury of the zygoma, an anatomical area where restoration of function and aesthetics is challenging. The patient signed a written informed consent statement for publication.

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