Facial plast Surg 2005; 21(3): 180-186
DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-922857
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Anterior Skull Base Fractures

Matthew A. Kienstra1 , Harry Van Loveren2
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  • 2Department of Neurosurgery, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
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Publication Date:
23 November 2005 (online)


Anterior skull base trauma evaluation and management has historically been difficult to systematically study secondary to the relative rarity of its occurrence, associated major morbidity and high mortality, and poor radiographic techniques. It has only been recently that improved care has allowed for decreased morbidity and mortality. The advent of computed tomography imaging techniques has led to anatomic characterization and detailed study of injury patterns. This article reviews current techniques for evaluation and management of the associated sinonasal, orbital, and neurologic sequelae of anterior skull base injuries.