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September 1943

ABSCESS OF THE PTERYGOMAXILLARY SPACE WITH INVOLVEMENT OF THE MANDIBULAR FOSSA: REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE AND REPORT OF A CASE

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;38(3):230-235. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670040243004
Abstract

A search of the literature on abscess of the pterygomaxillary space and of the mandibular fossa reveals reports of 11 cases. In 9 of these there had been an otitic infection as the etiologic basis; in 1 there was a dental extraction, and in the case of Greenfield there had been a history of both. There has been no report of an abscess involving both spaces simultaneously in the same patient.

REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE  Foster1 in 1908 reported a case of abscess in the zygomatic fossa in a woman 50 years of age. On awakening one morning, she complained of severe pain in the left cheek and eye, swelling of the face and congestion of the eyeball. Trismus was present. The gum about a carious tooth was incised, but pus was not found. Some few days later a profuse flow of pus appeared at the point of incision but

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