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Subacute infratemporal fossa cellulitis with subsequent abscess formation in an immunocompromised patient.
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PMID:  15635579     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To present a case of subacute infratemporal fossa cellulitis with subsequent abscess formation to show important anatomic relationships as they effect presentation and treatment of infections in this area. STUDY DESIGN: Case report and brief literature review. METHODS: The case of an immunocompromised patient who developed subacute infratemporal fossa cellulitis with subsequent abscess formation is presented. A literature review discusses etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of these infections. RESULTS: Careful history and physical examination revealed unilateral facial pain, swelling, and trismus to be caused by an infratemporal fossa abscess. Intraoral drainage and intravenous antibiotic therapy led to resolution of the infection. CONCLUSION: Infratemporal fossa abscesses are potentially dangerous complications of odontogenic infections. Although clinical diagnosis may be difficult, knowledge of relevant anatomy and pathways of spread allow more effective diagnosis and treatment of these infections.
Lee M Akst; Barbara J Albani; Marshall Strome
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of otolaryngology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0196-0709     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Otolaryngol     Publication Date:    2005 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-01-06     Completed Date:  2005-10-06     Revised Date:  2007-07-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8000029     Medline TA:  Am J Otolaryngol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  35-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abscess / etiology*,  therapy
Cellulitis / complications*,  diagnosis,  etiology,  therapy
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / complications
Immunocompromised Host*
Kidney Failure, Chronic / complications
Nasopharyngeal Diseases / etiology*,  therapy
Temporomandibular Joint
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders / etiology*,  therapy
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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