April 1976

Transient Bacteremia in Pediatric Patients After Dental Extraction

Author Affiliations

From the departments of pediatrics (Drs Speck, Spear, Krongrad, and Gersony) and oral surgery (Dr Mandel), College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and Babies Hospital, the Children's Medical and Surgical Center of New York (Drs Speck, Spear, Krongrad, and Gersony), New York.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(4):406-407. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120050064011

• The incidence of bacteremia in a group of well children undergoing dental extraction of both normal and abscessed teeth was determined. Blood samples were obtained from each child before and immediately after dental instrumentation and then cultured aerobically and anaerobically. Eleven of 36 (30%) of the postextraction cultures were positive, and Streptococcus viridans grew from all of them. Bacteremia was more common after the extraction of diseased teeth, and there was no relationship between bacteremia and the number or species of teeth removed.

(Am J Dis Child 130:406-407, 1976)