PDF: Dangerous space emphysema after dental treatment


We report the case of an elderly female patient who presented with dangerous space emphysema occurring after a dental procedure. 



This case presented a diagnostic and management dilemma because of the development of an unusual complication of dental disease. In our review of the medical literature, we were unable to find any cases with similar manifestations and clinical courses.


Emphysema of dangerous space is a rare complication of dental procedures. Although this disease has potentially fatal complications such as vascular injuries and mediastinitis, patients can present with minimal signs and symptoms. We report a case of emphysema of dangerous space discovered after tooth extraction and drainage of a submandibular abscess.

Abdulrahman Hagr
King Abdulaziz
University, King Saud
University, Hospital
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia






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