JOURNAL ARTICLE

Facial Injuries in Sports: A Team Physician's Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment

Samuel J Romeo, Christopher J Hawley, Michael W Romeo, Joseph P Romeo
Physician and Sportsmedicine 2005, 33 (4): 45-53
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Team physicians must be prepared to manage facial injuries, including contusions, abrasions, lacerations, nasal fractures, septal hematomas, auricular hematomas, ruptured tympanic membranes, and fractures of the facial bones. With a focused history and a thorough physical exam, the diagnosis can be clearly established. Early treatment of sports-related facial injuries helps avoid complications, and athletes may expect to return to play after predictable time intervals.

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