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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 289-290

Osteomyelitis of the Mandible Secondary to Impacted Third Molar

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Rungta College of Dental Sciences, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Purvanchal Institute of Dental Sciences, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, St Joseph Dental College, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India
4 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Career Post Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
5 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College and Hospital, Sangli, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Rama Raju
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Purvanchal Institute of Dental Sciences Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10011-1150

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Odontogenic infections resulting in osteomyelitis of the mandible are common. However, osteomyelitis of the coronoid process as a direct consequence of third molar infection is rare. The following report describes such a case in an 18-year-old female as a severe complication following third molar removal. Despite aggressive antimicrobial therapy and indicated treatment approach following microbiologic study, a severe osteomyelitis was present, clinically and radiographically. Finally, hemimandibulectomy, including exarticulation, was indicated to manage this severe complication.

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