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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

May 2009
Volume 40 , Issue 5

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Osteomyelitis of the mandible following third molar surgery: A regrettable consequence in a healthy patient

Ralf Schoen/Maria M. Suarez-Cunqueiro/Marc C. Metzger/Rainer Schmelzeisen

Pages: 351354
PMID: 19582237

This clinical case describes mandibular osteomyelitis in a healthy 31-year-old man as a severe complication following third molar removal. Recurrent abscess formations were treated with intensive therapy involving antibiotics, surgical debridement of the affected region, and hyperbaric oxygen. In the follow-up, despite microbiologic study to determine the indicated treatment approach, a severe osteomyelitis was present, clinically and radiographically. Finally, a partial resection of the mandible, including exarticulation, was indicated to manage this severe complication. (Quintessence Int 2009;40:351354)

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