MAXILLOFACIAL INFECTIONS: Osteomyelitis and Osteoradionecrosis

Kushner, George M.; Alpert, Brian
June 2004
Peterson's Principles of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery;2004, Vol. 1, p313
Book Chapter
Chapter 17 of the book "Peterson's Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery" is presented. It focuses on osteomyelitis, an inflammation of the bone marrow with a tendency to progression, and osteoradionecrosis (ORN), one of the side effects of radiation therapy. It notes that osteomyelitis mainly happens as a result of contiguous spread of odontogenic infections or as a result of trauma. It cites that ORN is commonly caused by trauma to the radiated area, usually by dental extraction, but it can also happen spontaneously.


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