intermaxillary fixation

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1. the act or operation of holding, suturing, or fastening in a fixed position.
2. the condition of being held in a fixed position.
3. in psychiatry, a term with two related but distinct meanings: (a) arrest of development at a particular stage (if this is temporary it is a normal reaction to difficulties, but if continued it is a cause of emotional problems); and (b) a close and suffocating attachment to some person, especially a childhood figure such as a parent.
4. in microscopy, the treatment of material so that its structure can be examined in greater detail with minimal alteration of the normal state, and also to provide information concerning the chemical properties (as of cell constituents) by interpretation of fixation reactions.
5. in chemistry, the process whereby a substance is removed from the gaseous or solution phase and localized, as in carbon dioxide or nitrogen fixation.
6. in ophthalmology, direction of the gaze so that the visual image of the object falls on the fovea centralis.
7. in film processing, the chemical removal of all unexposed and undeveloped silver compounds of the film emulsion, as on x-ray films.
complement fixation see complement fixation.
intermaxillary fixation (IMF) a technique used to stabilize a fractured jaw; the teeth are wired or banded together. Extreme caution must be exercised to insure that oral secretions and vomitus are not aspirated as the patient is unable to expectorate any fluids. Antiemetics are often administered to prevent vomiting. Wire cutters should be kept with the patient at all times.
Teeth wired in intermaxillary fixation. From Ignatavicius et al., 1995.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

in·ter·max·il·lar·y fix·a·tion

fixation of fractures of the mandible or maxilla by applying elastic bands or stainless steel wire between the maxillary and mandibular arch bars or other types of splint.
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maxillomandibular fixation

The binding of the maxillary and mandibular teeth together to immobilise the jaw in patients with a mandibular fracture.
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in·ter·max·il·lar·y fix·a·tion

(intĕr-maksi-lar-ē fik-sāshŭn)
Fixation of fractures of mandible or maxilla by applying elastic bands or stainless steel wire between the maxillary and mandibular arch bars or other types of splint.
Synonym(s): mandibulomaxillary fixation, maxillomandibular fixation.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Comparison of erich arch bar versus embrasure wires for intraoperative intermaxillary fixation in mandibular fractures.
22 Barodiya A, Thukral R, Agrawal SM, Chouhan AS, Singh S, Loksh Y.Self-tapping intermaxillary fixation screw: an alternative to arch bar.
Complications using intermaxillary fixation screws.
Enforced Intermaxillary Fixation (IMF) as a Treatment of Obesity.
While ideally, the results of such a study can be best validated by enrolling patients in the gold standard' of randomized clinical control trial and dividing patients with and without intraoperative intermaxillary fixation in the two groups, the ethical aspect for such a study would be difficult to justify.
Intermaxillary fixation is not necessary to reduce mandibular fracture.
Key Words: TMJ dislocation, autologous blood injection, Intermaxillary fixation.
A total of 11 patients of recurrent dislocation of jaw were managed by autogenous injection of blood into glenoid fossa with temporary intermaxillary fixation for 15days.
Rigid internal fixation was assigned as group A and intermaxillary fixation as group B.
Key words: Mandibular fracture, rigid internal fixation, intermaxillary fixation, postoperative complications.