A CASE REPORT: SEVERE CRANIOFACIAL TRAUMA IN A PEDIATRIC PATIENT
Facial trauma is one of the main causes of patients visiting to the reconstructive plastic surgery specialist in third-level hospitals in Ecuador. Furthermore, it requires multidisciplinary management (craniofacial, maxillofacial surgery, and neurosurgery); the primary objective is to generate a functional and esthetic facial reconstruction of the patient. In this case, the clinical surgical management of a 2-year-old male patient suffering from severe facial trauma secondary to a traffic accident was a challenging facial reconstruction due to the age of the boy and the loss of several facial structures such as the right eyeball, occipital bone, and pan facial fractures. This case showed the management of pan facial fractures with fixation in inferior maxilla and the surgical procedures performed. The surgical procedure in infants is different to the adult because it has factors such as growth and development. Furthermore, due to the risk of facial deformities, facial injuries in children need to be managed taking in consideration the grown and development as well as anatomical, physiological, and psychological factors.
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