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Cornelius, C.-P.; Audigé, L.; Prein, J. (2017): Die neue AO-CMF-Trauma-Klassifikation im Überblick. Grundidee und Grundkonzeption. In: Mkg-Chirurg, Vol. 10, No. 2: pp. 74-81
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Abstract

Objective. To launch a new comprehensive trauma fracture classification for all subunits of the entire craniomaxillofacial (CMF) skeleton into general application and testing of practical suitability. Methods. Description of the methodological background of the validation process and the basic conception with the intention to gain convincing work and confidence for a trial phase in everyday clinical routine. Results. The currently valid version of the classification is the product of an iterative developmental process supported by a series of pilot reliability studies. The classification model of the craniofacial skeleton is divided into incrementally smaller anatomical subunits, wherein the occurrence of fractures can be recorded in 3 precision levels with increasing accuracy. A purpose-designed software solution, the CMF application of the working group on osteosynthesis questions (AO) comprehensive injury automatic classifier (AOCOIAC) with clearly structured icons representing the anatomical regions and subregions greatly facilitates the systematic registration of fracture patterns and fracture morphology as well as the conversion into coding formulas for database storage. Conclusion. The current developmental state of the new AO CMF trauma classification has entered a stage to be confirmed and optimized under real-life clinical conditions.