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Severe necrotizing fasciitis complicating odontogenic infection: a case report

Lookup NU author(s): Neil Heath, Dr Iain Macleod, Dr Andrew Chippindale, Professor Mark Greenwood, Dr Colin Ripley


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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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Author(s): Heath N, Macleod I, Chippindale A, Greenwood M, Ripley C

Publication type: Article

Journal: Dental Update

Year: 2008

Volume: 35

Issue: 5

Pages: 353-355

Print publication date: 01/06/2008

ISSN (print): 0305-5000

Publisher: George Warman Publications Ltd.


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