Management of mandibular condylar fractures in patients with atrophic edentulous mandibles

M. Brucoli, P. Boffano, I. Romeo, C. Corio, A. Benech, M. Ruslin, T. Forouzanfar, T. Rodríguez-Santamarta, J. C. de Vicente, M. Tarle, E. Dediol, P. Pechalova, N. Pavlov, H. Daskalov, I. Doykova, K. Kelemith, T. Tamme, A. Kopchak, I. Shumynskyi, P. CorreH. Bertin, M. Bourry, P. Guyonvarc'h, T. Dovšak, D. Vozliè, A. Birk, B. Anièiæ, V. S. Konstantinovic, T. Starch-Jensen

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Introduction: Treatment of condylar fractures in patients with atrophic edentulous mandibles is a peculiar field that has been little considered in the literature. The aim of the study was to assess the demographic and clinical variables as well as management and outcome of mandibular condylar fractures in edentulous patients with atrophic mandibles that were treated at several European departments of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Methods: The data of all patients with fractures of the atrophic edentulous mandible from the involved maxillofacial surgical units across Europe between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2017. Only patients that were diagnosed with condylar fractures of the edentulous atrophic mandible were included. Results: A total of 52 patients met the inclusion criteria and were included in the study: 79% of patients reported one or more comorbidities. Thirty-four unilateral neck or subcondylar fractures, 9 bilateral neck or subcondylar condylar fractures, 7 unilateral head condylar fractures, and 2 bilateral head condylar fractures were diagnosed. No treatment was performed in 37 cases, whereas in 4 patients a closed treatment was decided, and 11 patients underwent open reduction and internal fixation. Outcome was considered to be satisfying in 48 patients, with no complications. Conclusions: The golden rule still remains that the diagnosis of a subcondylar or neck fracture in an edentulous patient should constitute an indication for open reduction and internal fixation. However, an appropriate choice of management options has to be individualized on a case by case basis, also depending on the patient consent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-232
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number3
Early online date23 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Atrophic mandible
  • Condylar fracture
  • Edentulous
  • Management
  • Surgery

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