2012, Number 3
Rev Odont Mex 2012; 16 (3)
Nieto MAM, Lara FGL, Flores FLR
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ABSTRACTStab wounds in maxillofacial region are infrequent and rarely reported. These lesions can be life-threatening, especially in cases where major blood vessels are involved and resulting hemorrhage obstruct airways. Treatment must be of a multi-disciplinary nature: it begins at the trauma unit to provide airway maintenance, hemodynamic stabilization, and if necessary, neurological ophthalmological and vascular evaluation. This study presents the case of a lesion caused by a stabbing weapon. The lesion penetrated into the left orbit causing fracture of the orbit floor, proceeding to the soft palate, and did not damage important structures. The knife was removed through the entrance wound. Fracture was reduced with resorbable plates. No complications were observed either during or after surgery.