Emergency Care in Maxillofacial Trauma –Facial and Ophthalmic Perspective
- Aim: consider life- and sight- threatening conditions that may occur following trauma to the face.
- Life- and sight- threatening complications may occur following apparently trivial injuries, which may not immediately be evident on arrival in the resuscitation or emergency setting.
- Assessment needs to be both systematic and repeated.
- True maxillofacial and ophthalmic ‘‘emergencies’’ are uncommon.
- Focused on any clinical problem that requires immediate identification and management to preserve life, or sight.
- Facial injuries resulting in life threatening conditions include:
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