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September 1957

Acute Osteomyelitis of the Superior Maxilla in an Infant

Author Affiliations

New York
Fellow, St. Luke's Hospital. From the Departments of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics, St. Luke's Hospital. Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1957;66(3):248-256. doi:10.1001/archotol.1957.03830270006002

Acute osteomyelitis of the superior maxilla as a clinical disease has been known for more than a century. The credit for first describing this condition in infants was given to G. A. Rees (1847), who called it an uncommon abscess in an article in the London Medical Gazette. Although this disease carried with it great morbidity and mortality, it did not receive the attention it deserved. Several textbooks on ear, nose, and throat diseases did not describe this condition at all, and those that did devoted very little space to this subject. The case herein presented was examined by the staff of the various specialties, including the ophthalmic, orthopedic, pediatric, dental, general surgery, and E.N.T., and at the first instance all of them failed to diagnose the condition as osteomyelitis. The main reason for missing the diagnosis was, in my opinion, the absence of a description of this condition in

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