Submental Intubation in Maxillofacial Trauma Patients

Document Type: Original

Authors

1 Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases Research Center, Faculty of Dentistry, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

2 Dental Research Center ,Faculty of Dentistry, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

Abstract

Introduction:
To describe a modified technique for submental intubation in severely traumatized maxillofacial patients and to evaluate complications arising from the procedure.
 Materials and Methods:
Submental intubation was performed in twelve patients with maxillofacial trauma ,from 2007 – 2012, which were operated under general anesthesia for treatment of facial fractures.
Results:
The patients ranged in age from 14 to 39 years.  No complications due to submental intubation, such as infection, hypertrophic scarring, lingual nerve injury, hematoma, bleeding, ranula formation, or orocutaneous fistula, were observed following submental intubation.
 Conclusion: 
Submental intubation is a very useful technique in the management of maxillofacial trauma patients, with a low complication rate.

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