Author(s): Bankole OO, Fasola AO, Denloye OO
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Abstract A review of 64 soft tissue maxillofacial injuries in 50 children seen and managed at the University College Hospital, Ibadan over a five-year period was made. The age range was from 3months to 15years. The highest occurrence was in the 0-5 years old children (60\%). The predominant type of soft tissue injuries was lacerations (75.0\%). Falls (66.0\%) were the most common aetiology followed by road traffic accidents (18.0\%). There was a higher involvement of males, than females (M: F of 2.3:1). The tongue (31.3\%) was the most commonly affected site of soft injury followed by the lips (29.7\%) and cheeks (10.9\%). Slightly less than half (46\%) of the patients presented within 24 hours of injury. Direct suturing was done in 24\% of the children while debridement and conservative management was carried out in 76\%.
This article was published in Afr J Med Med Sci
and referenced in Journal of Trauma & Treatment