Bilateral mandibular subcondylar fractures contributing to airway obstruction

J. Bruce Bavitz, Paul E. Collicott

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Bilateral mandibular fracture contributing to airway obstruction is a well-understood phenomenon. This is typically described as a rather immediate or acute process. After trauma, the production of a "flail mandible" with concomitant loss of support of tongue muscles is thought to result in obstruction of the upper airway. An unusual case in which the bilateral mandibular fractures contributed to an airway obstruction 10 days after the initial trauma is described. The cause is explained and methods of prevention and treatment are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-275
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1995


  • airway obstruction
  • complications
  • mandible fracture
  • subcondylar fracture
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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