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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 166-168
Submasseteric abscess: A rare head and neck abscess


Department of E.N.T. and Head & Neck Surgery, M.L.N. Medical College, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Ashutosh Rai
Department of E.N.T. and Head & Neck Surgery, M.L.N. Medical College, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.79990

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The objective of the article is to highlight and make people aware of a rare abscess which is often missed or misdiagnosed. As only a few cases have been reported, the authors feel that reporting such a case would help in proper management of the disease. We are presenting a 6.5-year-old male child with 3 weeks history of right facial swelling in the parotid region, with low-grade fever and trismus. Submasseteric abscess is a rare abscess which is often misdiagnosed as a parotid abscess or parotitis. Only a few cases have been reported. The cause is mostly dental in origin. Intravenous antibiotics often fail to alleviate the symptoms as this is a closed space and needs prompt drainage. Therefore, awareness of this complication of dental infections is vital for proper diagnosis and timely management.


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