Non-Odontogenic Oral and Maxillofacial Infections
While odontogenic infections are daily encountered in dental and oral and maxillofacial surgery practices, some practitioners may be unfamiliar with the wide range of other infections of diverse etiology, some of them relatively uncommon, or even rare. Patients so affected come to their attention either through referrals from primary care providers or due to patients’ uncertainty about where to seek help for diseases manifesting themselves in the orofacial area. Also in hospital environment, where majority of oral and maxillofacial surgeons practice, one regularly receives requests for consultations about patients who need interdisciplinary cooperation despite the fact that their conditions primarily belong to the sphere of specializations like ENT surgery, ophthalmology, dermatology and others. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an update on such conditions and demonstrate the ways oral and maxillofacial surgeon can participate in their diagnosis and management.