18 January 2011

Le Fort Type 1 Fracture

Note horizontal fracture Le Fort Type 1 involving maxillary sinus walls bilateraly. This type of the fracture causes instability of the alveolar process of the maxilla.

Note fractured maxillary sinus walls, pterygoid process, blood levels in both maxillary sinus and extensive soft tissue emphysema.
Le Fort fractures are divided in levels: Type 1 - below nose, Type 2 - above nose, Type 3 - through the orbits.

Above schema is from Wikipedia that nicely presents types of Le Fort fractures.