JOURNAL ARTICLE

Respiratory Obstruction Due to Richards Type 4 Fracture

Willian Ricardo Pires, Gabriel Mulinari Santos, Erik Neiva Ribeiro de Carvalho Reis, André Hergesel de Oliva, Ricardo Garcia Mureb Jacob, Leonardo Perez Faverani, Francisley Ávila Souza, Idelmo Rangel Garcia Júnior
Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 2018, 29 (4): e358-e359
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Facial fractures can be potentially fatal in polytraumatized patients due to retropositioning tissues to upper airway obstruction. In the first aids, this situation can be reversed using a tracheostomy procedure to break out the airways. However, fractures leading to airway obstruction are rare and according to Richards Classification can be classified into 5 types. The purpose of this article is to report a clinical patient with a bilateral condylar and mandibular symphysis fractures that resulted in airway obstruction and severe mandibular rear projection.

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