Hemorrhage following dental extraction is not an unusual complication. However, exsanguinating hemorrhage is a rare and dramatic event. Several cases of hemorrhage due to undiagnosed hemangiomata of the mandible and maxilla have been described. Kroh1 described a patient who bled to death minutes after extraction of a loose tooth. A cavernous hemangioma of the mandible was found on autopsy. Broderick2 reported an 11-year-old patient who presented with bleeding from the gums and a bluish pulsatile enlargement of the left malar area. At 18 months of age the patient had developed a nevus of the inner canthus of the left eye, which became so large that for the succeeding 4 years multiple facial arterial ligations were required. On intraoral examination several upper teeth were found to be very loose with blood oozing around them. X-rays revealed root absorption of the involved teeth. Despite all precautions, including common carotid ligation,
DIBBLE PA, WHELAN TJ. Cavernous Hemangioma of the Mandible. Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;75(2):114–115. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740040120007
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