Stab wound in maxillofacial region. A case report.

Ana María Nieto Munguía, Gloria Leticia Lara Fong, Luis Rodrigo Flores Flores


Stab wounds in maxillofacial region  are infrequent and rarely reported. These lesions can be life-threatening, especially in cases where major blood vessels are involved and resulting hemorrhage  obstruct airways. Treatment must be of a multi-disciplinary nature: it begins at the trauma unit to provide airway maintenance, hemodynamic stabilization, and if necessary, neurological ophthalmological and vascular evaluation.

This study presents the case of a  lesion caused by a stabbing weapon. The lesion penetrated into the left orbit causing fracture of the orbit floor, proceeding to the soft palate, and did not damage important structures. The knife was removed through the entrance  wound. Fracture was reduced with resorbable plates. No complications were observed either during or after surgery.

Palabras clave

knife injury, resorbable plates, orbital fracture

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