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Diagnosis and management of common maxillofacial injuries in the emergency department. Part 2: mandibular fractures
  1. P Ó Ceallaigh1,
  2. K Ekanaykaee2,
  3. C J Beirne2,
  4. D W Patton1
  1. 1Morriston Hospital, Swansea, Wales
  2. 2Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Eire
  1. Correspondence to:
 Padraig Ó Ceallaigh
 Maxillofacial Department, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, SA6 6NL, UK; ppoceallaigh{at}


The majority of mandibular fractures occur in young males aged 16–30 years. As with all traumas, the history and examination cannot be over emphasised as diagnoses can be made with these tools. It is important when taking an accurate history to ascertain the mode and mechanism of injury (fall, punch, road traffic accident), and the magnitude and direction of the force involved (high or low velocity impact).

  • maxillofacial injuries
  • emergency department
  • mandibular fracture

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  • Competing interests: None declared.