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An Unusual Traumatic Injury Leading to Hard Palate Perforation

Traumatic injuries are very common in oral cavity and involve primarily the soft palate. Traumatic injuries involving the hard palate in adults are rare. Hard palate perforation secondary to animal trauma is a rare entity. This is an unusual case where a 50 yrs old male presented with midline hard palate injury by horn of a bull. The perforation was repaired using palatoplasty and patient had no complication postoperatively. This case report reviews other unusual causes of palatal perforation, mechanism of bull horn injuries and treatment options for such defects.

Author(s): Virangna Taneja, Shashidhar, Anish Gupta and Rajesh Bhardwaj