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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 127957, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/127957
Case Report

Rogue-Elephant-Inflicted Panfacial Injuries: A Rare Case Report

1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Chitwan, P.O. Box-42, Bharatpur 10, Nepal
2Department of Prosthodontics, National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital, P.O. Box-13606, Kathmandu, Nepal

Received 24 August 2012; Accepted 22 October 2012

Academic Editors: R. S. Brown, A. L. S. Guimaraes, A. Markopoulos, J. J. Segura-Egea, and M. J. Wahl

Copyright © 2012 Santosh Kumar Yadav et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Attacks by elephants, the largest of the “large animals,” produce many fatalities a year. Most attacks are provoked, although rogue elephants are occasionally responsible. Trampling, goring, tossing the individual with the trunk, or crushing with the knees produces the injuries. Injuries from encounters with large animals represent a significant health risk for rural communities. Wild-animal-inflicted maxillofacial injuries are rare, and limited literature is available describing their management. We present a case of severe maxillofacial injuries caused by the attack of a rogue elephant.