Wooden foreign bodies in the maxillofacial area: report of 3 cases

Aim: Foreign bodies (FB) are rare as a result of injuries or accidents in the head and neck region, varying in composition, location and size. The most common site to find these FB is in the orbital region. Our goal is to present cases of wooden Foreign Bodies (WFB) in the maxillofacial area, exposing etiology, clinical features and imaging, evolution and management of each case.

Methods: Three patients with WFB in the maxillofacial area treated at the Mutual Security Hospital were included in this study. Data were recorded in tables and graphs describing etiology, clinical features and imaging, treatment and complications.

Results: In two cases, the WFB was located in the orbital region, and the other case in the pterigomaxilary fossa. In three patients the cause of the WFB was laboral accidents. In all patients it was possible to remove the WFB. The three patients had cosmetic sequelae that were subsequently corrected. There were no functional complications.

Conclusion: The WFB in the maxillofacial area can compromise anatomic structures causing bleeding, blindness, airway obstruction, and commitment of neural structures, resulting in functional failure, life-threatening for the patient and finally permanent sequelae in many cases.

Imaging studies are very important in these cases, helping to show size, shape, location, and relationship to adjacent anatomical structures. The presence of WFB should be discarded after traumatic injuries in the maxillofacial region.

Conflict of interest: None declared.

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Feb 5, 2018 | Posted by in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery | Comments Off on Wooden foreign bodies in the maxillofacial area: report of 3 cases
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