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79948 - Some common head and neck presentations

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Assessment and management of some common head and neck presentations in general practice

Relevance to General Practice

Nasal fractures are the most common facial fracture accounting for up to 58.6% of all facial fractures. They can be associated with complications. Septal haematoma requires urgent drainage. Undisplaced nasal fractures without functional symptoms can be managed conservatively. There is a window of two weeks before the displaced nasal bones start uniting. Therefore, it is important to know what requires urgent attention and what needs a referral to a specialist. (Lynham A et al. Australian Family Physician 2012;41:172-180; Koh JH et al. Australian Family Physician 2016;45:650-653.) Soft tissue growths can be benign or malignant. Although benign lesions exceed malignant ones by roughly 100 times, it is still important to conduct an initial assessment for appropriate differential diagnosis. (Razek AA and Huang BY. RSNA Radiographics 2011;31(&): http://pubs.rsna.org/doi/full/10.1148/rg.317115095

Learning outcomes
  • Conduct adequate and careful initial clinical assessment/investigation for common head and neck presentations.
  • Provide timely and appropriate intervention in the acute stages e.g. traumatic nasal injuries.
  • Know when to refer to a specialist or for emergency treatment.
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