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Glossal abscess.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2735988     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A 21-year-old man presented to our emergency department with a two-day complaint of painful swelling and protrusion of the tongue, odynophagia, dysphagia, and difficulty with speech. A nonfluctuant area of tongue swelling was identified; needle aspiration of this site produced 5 mL of pus, with considerable amelioration of symptoms. Culture of the aspirate subsequently grew Hemophilus parainfluenzae, the first such reported case of this pathogen in a glossal abscess. Glossal abscess is a rare clinical entity that may result in airway compromise and disseminated infection to other systems. The presence of a glossal abscess should be considered in all cases of tongue swelling.
R J Roberge; R M Fowler; N M Mayer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  7     ISSN:  0735-6757     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  1989 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-08-02     Completed Date:  1989-08-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309942     Medline TA:  Am J Emerg Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  406-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Emergency Medicine, Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro, NC 27420.
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MeSH Terms
Abscess / drug therapy*
Ceftriaxone / therapeutic use*
Cephalexin / therapeutic use*
Haemophilus Infections / drug therapy*
Tongue Diseases / drug therapy,  microbiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
15686-71-2/Cephalexin; 73384-59-5/Ceftriaxone

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