Research Article| Volume 14, ISSUE 6, P753-761, June 1961

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Reduction of a zygomaticomaxillary complex fracture by the antral balloon technique

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        1. A case has been presented to illustrate the use of the Shea-Anthony antral balloon to reduce a fracture of the zygomaticomaxillary complex.
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        2. Because of the antral involvement that is present in a high percentage of these cases, cleansing of the antrum and introduction of the balloon can be done as part of the same operative procedure.
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        3. Adequate clinical and roentgenologic examinations are essential for the correct diagnosis of zygomaticofacial compound dislocations.
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        4. It must be remembered that competent neurologic and ophthalmologic examinations prior to surgical interference are imperative in these cases.
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        5. The minimal discomfort experienced by the patient, the lack of dermal scarring, the need for no cumbersome appliances, and the prompt bony healing of the fracture area make this technique an adjunct to be considered in the treatment of zygomaticofacial compound dislocations.
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