CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 · CMTR Open 2017; 01(01): e26-e31
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1606834
Case Report
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Transverse Fracture of the Mandible: Report of a Rare Case of Domestic Violence and its Management

Neha Jajodia1, Virendra Singh1, Neeraj Kumar1, Amrish Bhagol1
  • 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences, Government Dental College, Rohtak, Haryana, India
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18 March 2017

09 August 2017

Publication Date:
09 October 2017 (online)


Domestic violence, a grave violation of basic human rights, remains one of the most challenging problems of our society. Though commonly involving the facial region, these injuries are difficult to characterize and treat due to varied and unique presentations. Cases of violent weapon injuries can often be a challenge for the treating surgeon due to nonbiomechanical pattern of the presentation. The purpose of this report is to discuss the presentation and management of a brutal case of domestic violence with a rare “chop” injury pattern caused by an “axe.” Only two previous reports of sharp weapon injury resulting in horizontal fracture of mandible have been found in literature, of which only one was caused by an axe. The important social issue of significance of health care personnel, who are in a unique position and can contribute toward raising the awareness to the plight of silent sufferers of domestic violence for whom home is often the most dangerous place, is also raised.