What is the role of antibiotics in the treatment of complex lip laceration?

Updated: Aug 25, 2020
  • Author: Gretchen S Lent, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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The use of prophylactic antibiotics in lip lacerations is controversial but recommended in certain circumstances. [19] Many textbooks recommend the use of prophylactic antibiotics for through-and-through and intraoral lip lacerations; however, not all studies show significant benefit from this use. [20] Medications used for prophylaxis vary depending on clinician preference and range from oral cephalexin to chlorhexidine rinse.

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