An Interesting Case of Penetrating Craniofacial Trauma Involving a Wooden Stick ZD01-ZD03
Dr. Basavaraj Nimbeni,
Assistant Professor, Department of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences,
Chitwan Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Bharatpur-10, Chitwan, Nepal.
Penetrating craniofacial trauma, although uncommon, has a high potential for death or catastrophic consequences from head injury or vital neurovascular injuries. The foreign body may cause significant challenge, especially when it is a large one. Airway obstruction, vascular injuries, intracranial communication, ocular injury and injuries to any other adjacent vital structures when involved may change the treatment objectives from simple foreign body retrieval to a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to stabilize the patient. Retrieval of foreign bodies may be challenging because of many factors including the size of the object, its site, and the surrounding anatomical structures. Accurate localization of the foreign body before removal is essential in craniofacial region. We present a case of penetrating craniofacial trauma from a wooden stick, with an in situ foreign body, that was managed by emergency surgical exploration in general anaesthesia and retrieval of foreign body in Toto under antibiotic coverage and tetanus prophylaxis.