Jaw Fracture Growth Long-term Study

Long-term Effects of Mandible Fractures on Growth and Development in the Pediatric Population

Protocol Description

The purpose of this study is to observe the long-term effects of mandible fractures in pediatric groups after reaching skeletal maturity, and to compare the data of these skeletally mature mandible fractures to similar mandible fractures of growing children. This research program builds a database about outcomes of patients who were treated for a mandible (jaw) fracture prior to skeletal maturity. Researchers hope to gain a better understanding of the long-term effects of mandible fractures with a goal of improving outcomes and management strategies.

Eligibility Criteria

Study participants will include people up to 35 years of age, who had been treated at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for mandible fracture as a child and who have not returned for routine annual follow-up visits for their fractures.
Males and Females: Up to 35 years of age


Participation consists of a single patient visit for a routine exam with imaging at the Plastic Surgery Clinic of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The visit will take approximately 30 minutes and will include checking about any jaw pain, pops/clicks/stiffness, movement issues, teeth alignment, and if the participant had or is planning to have any orthodontic treatment. Imaging will be done to create a 3D skull rendering from X-ray images. Researchers will also review past, current, and future medical records of participants.
Visits: 1
Duration: Not applicable

Status: Enrolling by Invitation

Additional Information

Plastic Surgery Research

Primary Investigator

Joseph E. Losee, MD, FACS, FAAP

Contact Information

For more information about the study, please contact:
Research Specialist Jennifer Fantuzzo, BS