Always consider concomitant intracranial and cervical spine injuries - Darien Sutton-Ramsey MD
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Ensuring airway patency is of the utmost importance in patients with maxillofacial trauma as up to 42% of patients with severe maxillofacial trauma require intubation. Airway compromise most commonly occurs due to soiling of the airway (significant hemorrhage or emesis) and obstruction (posteriorly displaced tongue, soft tissue injury and swelling, or other foreign bodies such as dislodged teeth).
In the setting of maxillofacial trauma, airway compromise and severe hemorrhage are the most common life-threatening complications.
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