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2013, Cilt 4, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 098-101
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Two Cases of Rare and Life Threatening Masticator Space Abscess
Gürkan Kayabaşoğlu1, Hasan Tanyeri2, Özcan Çakmak2
1Acıbadem Hastanesi, Kulak Burun Boğaz Hastalıkları, İstanbul, Türkiyez
2Acıbadem Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Kulak, Burun, Boğaz ve Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul, Türkiye
Keywords: masticator space, odontogenic infection, abscess, trismus
Abstract
The masticator space is a deep facial space which is centered on the mandibular ramus and outlined by the superficial layer of the deep cervical fascia. A masticator space abscess commonly represents an advanced stage of an odontogenic infection indicated by facial pain, swelling and trismus. Masticator space abscess may have a life threatening prognosis if they are not diagnosed and treated properly. They are very rarely seen and published infections in the literature, which make their diagnosis more important. Due to difficulty of physical examination of the region, the value of computed tomography or magnetic resonance investigation on diagnosis of masticator space abscess is important. This report describes two cases of masticator abscess who came to the clinic with trismus and facial pain complaints and both were surgically drained and postoperatively administered with antibiotics.
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