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Minor trauma triggering cervicofacial necrotizing fasciitis from odontogenic abscess

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Author(s): Jain Shraddha | Nagpure Prakash | Singh Roohie | Garg Deepika

Journal: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock
ISSN 0974-2700

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 114;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Face | fasciitis | necrotizing | tooth diseases/complications | trauma

ABSTRACT
Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) of the face and neck is a very rare complication of dental infection. Otolaryngologists and dentists should be familiar with this condition because of its similarity to odontogenic deep neck space infection in the initial stages, its rapid spread, and its life-threatening potential. Trauma has been reported to be an important predisposing factor for NF of the face. In this paper, we describe the presentation and treatment of a 62-year-old man who developed NF of the face and neck following bilateral odontogenic deep neck space abscesses. The disease progressed rapidly, with necrosis of the skin, after the patient inflicted minor trauma in the form of application of heated medicinal leaves. The organism isolated in culture from pus was Acinetobacter sp . The comorbid conditions in our patient were anemia and chronic alcoholism. The patient was managed by immediate and repeated extensive debridements and split-skin grafting.
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