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Revista Española de Cirugía Oral y Maxilofacial

On-line version ISSN 2173-9161Print version ISSN 1130-0558


VALDEZ BORROTO, A.C. et al. Behaviour of septic processes of the head and neck in patients hospitalized in the department of maxillofacial surgery. Rev Esp Cirug Oral y Maxilofac [online]. 2007, vol.29, n.2, pp.99-108. ISSN 2173-9161.

A descriptive and prospective study was carried out on 243 patients admitted with the diagnosis of septic cervicofacial processes to the University Hospital "Arnaldo Milián Castro" during 1999 to 2000, in order to establish the epidemiological, clinical, and therapeutic features of this entity in these patients. A septic process was identified in 20.3% of the total number of patients admitted; 53.1% of these were of a non-odontogenic origin. There was a prevalence among males and among the 21-30 age group. The anatomic regions most affected were the genian and submandibular areas. Most patients were hospitalized between one and seven days. A minimal complication rate was reported.

Keywords : Focal infection/epidemiology; Focal infection dental; Focal infection/complications; Antibiotics/therapeutic use.

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