Volume 15, Number 3, September 2003

Primary Tuberculous Osteomyelitis of the Mandible

Umadevi Modali,1 Ranganathan Kannan,1 Saraswathi Thillai Rajasekaran,1 Uma Raman,2 Elizabeth Joshua1

1Department of Oral Pathology and 2Department of Oral Surgery, Ragas Dental College & Hospital, Chennai, India

Primary tuberculous osteomyelitis of the mandible is uncommon. Only 121 cases have been reported in the English language literature. This report is of a 19-year-old woman with primary tuberculosis of the mandible. The clinical presentation mimicks a dento-alveolar abscess and this report emphasises the importance of considering tuberculous osteomyelitis in the differential diagnosis of jaw swellings. The likely route of infection, difficulties in diagnosis, and management of the patient are discussed.

Key words:
Mandible, Osteomyelitis, Tuberculosis

Asian J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2003;15:208-213.
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