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Are dental infections a cause of brain abscess? Case report and review of the literature

Lookup NU author(s): Margaret Corson, Keith Postlethwaite, Emeritus Professor Robin Seymour


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Dental pathology and/or treatment have been linked to a small number of brain abscesses as possible sources of infection. A further case is presented, in which a dental site is implicated. A review of the evidence was under. taken. A wide range of dental procedures had been implicated. In some cases the brain isolate was not of dental origin. In many, the diagnosis was one of exclusion. In order to confirm the role of odontogenic infection in the pathogenesis of brain abscess, modern sampling techniques should be used to precisely identify the isolates. The causal organism should be identified in both oral and cranial sites.

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Author(s): Corson MA, Postlethwaite KP, Seymour RA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Oral Diseases

Year: 2001

Volume: 7

Issue: 1

Pages: 61-65

ISSN (print): 1354-523X

ISSN (electronic): 1601-0825

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1034/j.1601-0825.2001.0070112.x

PubMed id: 11354924


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