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Zygomaticomaxillary Complex Fracture – AKA Tripod Fracture

History: male hit in the face with a baseball bat.

Zygomaticomaxillary Complex Fracture (AKA Tripod fracture) - The red arrow indicates fracture of the frontal process of the zygoma, the green arrow indicates fracture of the zygomatic arch, the blue arrow indicates fracture of the zygomatic process of the maxilla or the zygomaticomaxillary suture, and the purple arrow indicates fracture of the nasomaxillary suture.

Zygomaticomaxillary Complex Fracture (AKA Tripod fracture) – The red arrow indicates fracture of the frontal process of the zygoma, the green arrow indicates fracture of the zygomatic arch, the blue arrow indicates fracture of the zygomatic process of the maxilla or the zygomaticomaxillary suture, and the purple arrow indicates fracture of the nasomaxillary suture.

This is a great example of a zygomaticomaxillary complex fracture, also known as a tripod fracture. Some people refer to it also as a quadripod fracture.

See a nice overview of the radiology facial fractures here. Additionally, learn about what the surgeon wants to know in midface fractures here.

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I am a radiology physician from California, USA.

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