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A hematogenous spread brain abscess invading the right damaged temporomandibular joint.
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PMID:  22440320     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
We report a rare case of a brain abscess which drained spontaneously in a temporomandibular joint damaged by osteoarthritis. The female patient presented to our hospital with a severe headache and pain in the temporomandibular joint. She showed elevated inflammatory parameters with unknown cause. Magnetic resonance imaging of her whole body revealed a large temporal brain abscess extending into the glenoid fossa of the temporomandibular joint. The brain abscess was incised and drained by neurosurgeons in our hospital and in the same operation we resected the articular disc and the affected part of the right temporomandibular joint. Histological examination confirmed a chronic arthrosis in the resected bone of the temporomandibular joint and an inflammatory abscess in the resected brain tissue. The patient recovered well and the inflammation resolved as seen in postoperative investigations. Magnetic resonance imaging a month later confirmed local consolidation in the brain with no sign of residual inflammation.
J Klatt; M Heiland; A Gröbe; M Westphal; R Schmelzle; P Pohlenz
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-20
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Title:  Journal of cranio-maxillo-facial surgery : official publication of the European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-4119     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
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Created Date:  2012-3-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8704309     Medline TA:  J Craniomaxillofac Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany.
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