Revista chilena de pediatría
versión impresa ISSN 0370-4106
CASTELLON Z, M. LORETO; FARINA S, RODRIGO; URIBE F, FRANCISCA y LAISSLE C, GERMÁN. Surgical treatment for facial trauma in children. Rev. chil. pediatr. [online]. 2007, vol.78, n.1, pp. 67-71. ISSN 0370-4106. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0370-41062007000100009.
Trauma is one of the main causes of death in Chile. The CONASET (National Commission on Traffic Security) states that during 2006, 1.629 people died in car accidents. Regarding health politics, we can conclude that prevention and treatment of facial trauma in children is essential. The aim of this study is to review the most important aspects of the pediatric trauma, the maxillofacial and radiographic factors that must be taken into account and also, the surgical and orthopedic treatment. The management, radiographic exams, diagnosis and treatment of a 5 years-old traumatized patient will be described. In treatment, we have to consider important factors: development of maxillary bones, stage of dentition and presence of teeth buds. In this way, treatment will be opportune, favorable and flexible according to the age of the patient
Palabras clave : pediatric trauma; maxillofacial trauma; growth; development.