Deterministic Adjustable Bone Plate Design
Author(s)Seldin, Edward B.; Cervantes, Thomas Michael; Slocum, Alexander H
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Fracture of the mandible is a common injury associated with facial trauma. Close to 50% of patients admitted to the hospital require surgery to restore normal anatomy and function, often with a period of jaw immobilization to allow formation of a bony union between the fracture halves . Occlusion, or proper alignment of teeth, is necessary for patient comfort and also determines the success of a surgical repair. Misalignment of the fracture halves can be difficult for a physician to objectively assess, but is easily noticed by the patient, leaving little room for error during surgery. Misalignment, called malocclusion, is observed in close to 18% of patients after mandibular fracture repair .
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Journal of Medical Devices
Cervantes, Thomas M. et al. “Deterministic Adjustable Bone Plate Design.” Journal of Medical Devices 6, 1 (March 2012): 017521 © 2012 ASME
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