Inferior alveolar nerve injuries associated with mandibular fractures at risk: a two-center retrospective study

P. Boffano, F. Roccia, C. Galessio, K. Karagozoglu, T. Forouzanfar, C. Gallesio

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The aim of the study was to investigate the incidence of the inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) injury in mandibular fractures. This study is based on two databases that have continuously recorded patients hospitalized with maxillofacial fractures in two departments—Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Vrije Universiteit University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Division of Maxillofacial Surgery, San Giovanni Battista Hospital, Turin, Italy. Demographic, anatomic, and etiology variables were considered for each patient and statistically assessed in relation to the neurosensory IAN impairment. Statistically significant associations were found between IAN injury and fracture displacement (p = 0.03), isolated mandibular fractures (p = 0.01), and angle fractures (p = 0.004). A statistically significant association was also found between IAN injury and assaults (p = 0.03). Displaced isolated mandibular angle fractures could be considered at risk for increased incidence of IAN injury. Assaults seem to be the most important etiological factor that is responsible for IAN lesions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-283
JournalCraniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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