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Palatal Abscess in a Pediatric Patient: Report of a Case

A.Pinar Sumera Peruze Celenkb

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The palatal mass can pose a difficult diagnostic dilemma for the clinician. In differentialdiagnosis of the palatal mass, dental causes must be considered because they are so common. The palatal abscess typically represents the palatally directed drainage of an infection of pulpal orperiodontal origin. The palatal abscess is often observed in the premolar-molar region and presents as a compressible mass or swelling usually lateral to the midline. This study reports the unusual case of a5-year-old girl with a palatal abscess adjacent to the midline. (Eur J Dent 2008;2:291-293) Key words: Palatal abscess; Odontogenic infections; Treatment.

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The palatal mass can pose adifficult diagnostic dilemma for the clinician. A mass or swelling of the palate can result from a periapical lesion with concomitant abscess formation, a periodontal abscess, or a neoplastic process.1In differential diagnosis of the palatal mass, dental causes must
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Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Ondokuz Mayis, Samsun,Turkey. Professor, Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Ondokuz Mayis, Samsun, Turkey.

Corresponding author: A. Pinar Sumer, DDS, PhD Ondokuz MayisUniversitesi, Dishekimligi Fakultesi Oral Diagnoz ve Radyoloji Anabilim Dali 55139 Kurupelit, Samsun, Turkey. Phone : +90 362 3121919-3015 Fax : +90 362 4576032 E-mail: psumer1970@yahoo.com

beconsidered because they are so common. The palate is very typical for an abscess arising from a nonvital lateral incisor or the palatal root of an upper first molar.2 An abscess is a nonspecific inflammatoryresponse to the presence of bacteria in normally sterile tissues. The seriousness of the infection is related to the numbers and virulence of the bacteria, host resistance, and associated anatomic...
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