Epidemiologic patterns of Maxillofacial Trauma in a Metropol
The study illuminates epidemiologic trends of maxillofacial trauma in an urban setting over an 11 year period.

Researchers performed an exhaustive database search at the University of Pennsylvania. The data was collected from 11years of attending oral and maxillofacial surgery clinician and resident operating room logs was conducted. The procedures were then selected for those that represented maxillofacial trauma.

3,427 procedures met the inclusion and exclusion criteria to be considered a novel incidence of trauma. Dramatic differences in maxillofacial trauma exist between the time of the year, patient age, and patient race. There is a correlation between summertime criminal activity and maxillofacial trauma. African-Americans ages 18-65 are the most affected patient demographic.

With datasets of this size spanning over a decade, epidemiologic trends are able to be illuminated. There is a need for understanding the disparity between the demographics of the Philadelphia population and oral-maxillofacial (OM) trauma patients.

Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Suregry
Source: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joms.2021.07.021