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A Journal on Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery
Minerva Stomatologica 2006 September;55(9):523-8
language: English, Italian
Mandibular fracture caused by periodontal abscess: radiological, US, CT and MRI findings
Mazza D., Marini M., Tesei J., Primicerio P.
Radiology Unit B, Department of Radiological Sciences, Umberto I Polyclinic La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
Mandibular fracture is a rare but possible outcome of a periodontal abscess. A case of complete fracture of the mandible with abscess infiltrating the surrounding soft tissues is described. The patient reported nor trauma, nor locoregional surgery. Ultrasonography and orthopantomography revealed the fracture of the mandible and the abscess at the masseter muscle. Further preoperative diagnostic examinations included CT and MRI. CT revealed the complete fracture line more clearly; MR the extension of the abscess.