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June 1961

Dental Abscess with Sinus Tract Formation

Author Affiliations


Present address: 1000 Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth 4, Texas (Dr. McCluer).

From the Department of Dermatology, Henry Ford Hospital (Clarence S. Livingood, M.D., Chairman).

Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(6):941-944. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580120053013

In the differential diagnosis of certain facial and parafacial lesions, it is well to consider the possibility of dental abscess with the formation of a sinus tract to the skin. Once thought of, it is easily proven. Jillson1 recognized this fact and included an example of the syndrome in his recent paper Diagnosis and Treatment of Misdiagnosed Dermatoses. The standard medical, surgical, and dermatological texts usually pass by the subject rather quickly, and articles in the general medical literature have been sporadic. There have been few references to the syndrome in the dermatological literature since Nelson Paul Anderson's2 excellent description in 1937. Within the period of a year we had the good fortune to observe 3 patients with this problem. Therefore, it seemed worthwhile to report and briefly discuss these cases in order to reemphasize this interesting syndrome.

A cutaneous lesion of granulomatous or, less often, neoplastic appearance,

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