Dominic Laverty and colleagues discuss the best ways to treat young children who have sustained traumatic injuries to the soft or hard palate
Trauma of the palate in children is a common presentation in emergency departments. Children have a tendency to place objects in their mouths, which leaves them at risk of traumatising the oral cavity. Most traumatic injuries, including those that penetrate the palate, can be treated conservatively, but some require surgical intervention. Careful assessment, appropriate intervention, and follow up by experienced clinicians are essential to ensure correct management and prevent long-term complications. This article presents two case studies involving children who had experienced traumatic injuries to the palate that required surgical intervention.
Emergency Nurse. 22, 8, 34-38. doi: 10.7748/en.22.8.34.e1382Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 17 September 2014
Accepted: 12 November 2014
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