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Midline odontogenic infections: a continuing diagnostic problem.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12791368     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Cutaneous sinus tracts and facial swellings of odontogenic origin have been well documented in the literature. These lesions however continue to be incorrectly diagnosed resulting in inadequate and unnecessary treatment. This paper reports two cases of midline odontogenic infections presenting as skin lesions. Neither patient complained of dental problems, and intraoral examination failed to reveal pathology. Both had been treated over an 18-month period, undergoing multiple surgical procedures before the correct diagnosis was made. Lesions on the face can be the result of occult chronic odontogenic infection. Awareness of a possible dental cause, especially with facial lesions that recur after excision is essential. The use of vitality testing of the teeth and appropriate radiographs ensures the correct diagnosis should not be missed.
Authors:
Helen Witherow; Pratibha Washan; Peter Blenkinsopp
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of plastic surgery     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0007-1226     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Plast Surg     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-06-06     Completed Date:  2003-08-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984714R     Medline TA:  Br J Plast Surg     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  173-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Maxillofacial Unit, Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5PN, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Dentistry, Operative / methods
Diagnosis, Differential
Face
Female
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Skin Diseases, Infectious / etiology*,  pathology
Tooth Diseases / complications*,  diagnosis,  pathology
Treatment Outcome

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