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Article: Volume 48 Number 4 Page 295 - April 2021

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  Dent Update 2021; 48: 295-297

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery:  Garré’s osteomyelitis of the jaw

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Abstract: The aim of this short review is to update dental professionals on the causes, manifestation and treatment of Garré’s osteomyelitis. There are multiple cause of facial swellings and asymmetry arising from dental infections, trauma, or more seriously can be benign or malignant tumours. Garré’s osteomyelitis is most commonly seen in children and young adults and persists until the cause is removed. Other lesions such as fibrous dysplasia, sarcoma and chondrosarcoma can manifest in the same manner as Garré’s osteomyelitis clinically. Garrés’ osteomyelitis can be result of a chronic infection or trauma. Dentists and dental professionals must be aware of the causes, minvestigations required and provide the appropriate treatment. Information was collected using Medline, Pubmed and Athens to access the journals.

Clinical relevance: This article highlights the importance of recognizing Garré’s osteomyelitis in children and young adults, identifying the cause and treating them appropriately. It is imperative for dental professionals to know and refer to relevant specialties for further investigation.

Author notes: Roya Hazara, BDS, Clinical Fellow (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery). Elena Pappa, MD, DDS, PhD, FRCS (OMFS), MSc, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Consultant, Queens Hospital, Romford. email:

Objective: To highlight the incidence and clinical manifestations of Garré’s osteomyelitis