Dental abscess extending into the submandibular space

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Periapical lucency extending through the mandible inferiorly into the soft tissues of the submandibular space. On post-contrast images there is a peripherally-enhancing fluid collection in keeping with an abscess. 

Case Discussion

Submandibular space abscess as a result of a dental abscess with a sinus tract through the mandible

The classic imaging differential is that of a necrotic floor of mouth squamous cell carcinoma. 

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Case information

rID: 5466
Published: 26th Jan 2009
Last edited: 16th Oct 2019
System: Head & Neck
Tag: dental
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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