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CASE REPORT
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 150-153

Empyema thoracis: A life-threatening complication of odontogenic infection


1 Department of Surgery, Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria
2 Department Surgery, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Adebayo Aremu Ibikunle
Department of Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/jms.jms_103_16

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Most dental infections are confined to the maxillofacial region. However, when neglected, it may extend to contiguous or distant sites. Empyema thoracis of odontogenic origin is a rare clinical entity, which is life-threatening and associated with severe morbidities. This is a report of a 32-year-old male managed for empyema thoracis of odontogenic origin at our hospital. The patient was placed on hospital admission, during which he had medical, surgical, and supportive management. He was discharged on the 24th day postadmission, after satisfactory recovery.


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