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Infratemporal fossa abscess: A diagnostic dilemma

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May 1, 2009
by M. Panduranga Kamath, MS, Kiran M. Bhojwani, MS, Ajit Mahale, MD, Hari Meyyappan, MBBS, and Kumar Abhijit, MBBS


An abscess in the infratemporal fossa is a rare complication of dental extraction. Although it is a recognized entity, only a handful of cases have been reported in the literature. We describe a case of abscess in the infratemporal fossa of a 55-year-old woman with noninsulin-dependent (type 2) diabetes who presented with left-sided facial pain and marked trismus. The abscess was managed successfully with external drainage. We have made an attempt to comprehensively review the literature on this rare condition, with special emphasis on its anatomic complexity and varied clinical presentation, and we provide a detailed discussion of the diagnosis and management of this condition.

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