Buccal space infections

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Background

  • Cellulitis or abscess in buccal space
    • Space between buccinator and superficial fascia/skin
  • Odontogenic source
    • Maxillary second and third molars most common

Evaluation

  • Ovoid cheek swelling with odontogenic disease
  • CT not always necessary, but can define abscess

Differential Diagnosis

Facial Swelling

Management

Disposition

  • OMFS/ENT consult
  • Admit diabetics,immunocompompromised, discuss others with consultant

See Also

References

  • ER Atlas
  • Rosen