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The Art and Practice of Dentofacial Enhancement

Formerly World Journal of Orthodontics

Edited by
Rafi Romano, DMD, MSc (Editor-in-Chief)

ISSN 2160-2999 (print) / ISSN 2160-3006 (online)

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Winter 2002
Volume 3 , Issue 4

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Condylar Fracture: Nontreatment Case Followed Over 23 Years

German Omar Ramirez-Yañez, DDS, MDSc, Phillip James Saxby, MDSc, William George Young, BDSc, MSc, PhD, FFOP(RACP)

Pages: 349-352

This article describes a case of early mandibular condylar fracture in a female patient. Follow- up visits over about 23 years without treatment showed completely re-stabilized anatomy and function after the pubertal growth spurt. Temporary ankylosis and lack of growth with severe deviation and facial asymmetry had been initially observed. The management philosophy of pediatric condylar fractures is discussed and a conservative approach is suggested for such cases.

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