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Article: Volume 48 Number 1 Page 54 - January 2021

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  Dental Update 485: 54-57

Paediatric dentistry:  Dental management of a patient with a left temporal brain abscess: a case report

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Abstract: Cerebral abscesses of odontogenic origin are uncommon. Cerebral abscesses are often caused by cardiac and pulmonary disease or infections such as skin or abdominal infections. However, there have been some reported incidences of cerebral abscesses caused by odontogenic infection. This paper aims to discuss a case report whereby an odontogenic infection was the most probable cause of a cerebral abscess in a paediatric patient.

Clinical relevance: To discuss the importance of oral disease as a potential causative factor for cerebral infection.

Author notes: Aliya Hasan, BDS, MJDF RCS(Eng), FHEA, Speciality Dentist in Oral Surgery, Birmingham Dental Hospital UK. Martin Tisdall, MBBS, BA, MA, MD, FRCS(SN), Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon, Neurosurgery Department, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK. Kathryn Harley, BDS, MSc, FDSRCS(Edin), FDSRCS(Eng), FDSRCPS(Glas), FFGDP, FFDRCSI, Locum Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Dental and Maxillofacial Department, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK email:

Objective: The reader should understand the importance of oral disease as a potential causative factor for cerebral infection.