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Quintessence Int. 2017;48(10):809-813. doi: 10.3290/j.qi.a39032.

Septic arthritis of the temporomandibular joint after acute otitis media in a child.

Abstract

Septic arthritis of the temporomandibular joint as a complication of acute otitis media is rare in the Western world. This report describes the case of a 7-year-old boy who had pain in his right ear and limited mouth opening, following the onset of acute otitis media. A contrast-enhanced computed tomography scan revealed right-sided mastoiditis and hydrops of the right temporomandibular joint, suggesting septic arthritis. Real-time PCR and microbiologic analysis identified Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus epidermidis in the joint aspirate. Treatment with arthrocentesis and antibiotics led to full recovery of temporomandibular joint function.

PMID:
28944379
DOI:
10.3290/j.qi.a39032
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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