Severe necrotizing fasciitis complicating odontogenic infection: a case report

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  2. Neil Heath
  3. Dr Iain Macleod
  4. Dr Andrew Chippindale
  5. Professor Mark Greenwood
  6. Dr Colin Ripley
Author(s)Heath N, Macleod I, Chippindale A, Greenwood M, Ripley C
Publication type Article
JournalDental Update
Year2008
Volume35
Issue5
Pages353-355
ISSN (print)0305-5000
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We report a case of cervical necrotizing fasciitis complicating dental infection in a 36-year-old man, who presented with infection involving mucosa of the right maxilla, mandible, parapharyngeal and masticator spaces, requiring extensive surgery and antibiotic therapy. The initial presentation, radiological appearance and clinical course are discussed. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: This case highlights the course of an aggressive dento-alveolar infection in the immuno-compromised host. The need for early detection and urgent referral by the practitioner to minimize the risk of mortality and morbidity is essential in such cases.
PublisherGeorge Warman Publications Ltd.
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