WE ARE presenting this case of osteomyelitis of the mandible secondary to a peritonsillar abscess as an example of an infrequent but important complication of otolaryngologic disease.
REPORT OF A CASE
A. S., a 43-year-old Negro man, was admitted to the University Hospital on June 10, 1953. He had been well until 10 days prior to his admission, at which time he noted slight soreness of his throat, felt slightly febrile, and had malaise. Three days later, failing to feel any improvement, he consulted his family physician. The patient was told that there was something wrong with his throat and was given an injection of penicillin as well as some mouth wash. These failed to relieve his symptoms, and the family physician then referred him to the University Hospital.At the time of admission, the patient's temperature was 99.4 F. Positive physical findings were limited to the throat. He had