52 years old female presented with bilateral otorrhea. Sinus series was requested to rule out sinus disease.
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1. Complete absence of teeth is consistent with an edentulous jaw.
2. Visualized paranasal sinuses and mastoid air cells are clear.
3. Mild to moderate mucosal hypertrophy of the inferior turbinates.
Edentulous jaw in an otherwise normal skull. The prevalence of edentulism in the United States amongst adults over 60 years of age is 25%, with higher prevalences in poor populations and women. The most common causes of edentulism are dental caries and periodontal disease.
This case was submitted with supervision and input from:
Soni C. Chawla, M.D.
Department of Radiological Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Olive View - UCLA Medical Center
- B. A. Dye, X. Li, and G. Thorton-Evans, “Oral health disparities as determined by selected healthy people 2020 oral health objectives for the United States, 2009-2010,” NCHS Data Brief, 2012.