Management of trauma to the palate in toddlers
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Management of trauma to the palate in toddlers

Dominic Laverty Senior house officer in oral maxillofacial and facial plastic surgery, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Kartic Rajaram ST4 in oral and maxillofacial surgery, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Stuart Clark Consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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.e1382

Correspondence

dominiclaverty560@hotmail.co.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 17 September 2014

Accepted: 12 November 2014

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