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Severe necrotizing fasciitis complicating odontogenic infection: a case report
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Dr Iain Macleod
Dr Andrew Chippindale
Professor Mark Greenwood
Dr Colin Ripley
Heath N, Macleod I, Chippindale A, Greenwood M, Ripley C
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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.
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