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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-34

Ultrasound guided drainage of submasseteric space abscesses

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, P.M.N.M Dental College and Hospital, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India
2 Fellow in Department of Oral Oncology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 HOD of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Al-Badar Dental College and Hospital, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India

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Santosh S Gudi
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, P.M.N.M Dental College and Hospital, Bagalkot, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/2231-0746.110074

PMID: 23662256

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Background and Objectives: The objective of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of ultrasound guided surgical drainage in submasseteric space abscess of odontogenic origin without incision. Materials and Methods : Eleven patients (4 males and 7 females) aged 18 to 36 years were included in this study. Each patient had clinically and radiologically diagnosed submasseteric space abscesses of odontogenic origin. All the patients underwent ultrasound guided drainage by using 5.7 MHz B-mode, gray scale, ultrasound scanner. The aspirated pus was sent for microbiological culture and sensitivity tests. All the patients were given a prescription of antibiotics like Amoxicillin with Clavulanate in a dose of 625 mg 8 hourly daily, Metronidazole 400 mg 8 h daily and analgesic Diclofenac potassium in a dose of 50 mg 8 h daily. Infection was considered resolving when the following criteria were met like ceased or minimal drainage. Results: There was successful resolution of abscess in 10 cases, 1 case underwent incision and drainage because of spread of infection to other spaces. Conclusion: This study on 11 cases supported ultrasonography as an intraoperative aid in the assessment of the abscess cavity and its real-time imaging facility will help in the location and drainage of the abscess cavity effectively. It avoids large, unsightly, postoperative facial scars and often eliminates the need of general anesthesia and hospitalization.

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