Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Mandible Fracture Evaluation

Evaluation of a jaw fracture begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with a jaw fracture may include:

Tests are required to make the diagnosis of a jaw fracture.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a jaw fracture include:
  • Facial bones and jaw x-rays
  • Panorex study:
    • The best x-ray for imaging the mandible
  • CT scan of the facial bones

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Mandible Fracture References
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