Septic arthritis of the temporomandibular joint in an infant

  • Raymond Chuk Discipline of Paediatrics, UnitingCare Health Clinical School, The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane; Department of Paediatrics, The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.
  • John Arvier Discipline of Paediatrics, UnitingCare Health Clinical School, The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane; Maxillofacial Surgery, The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Barbara Laing Discipline of Paediatrics, UnitingCare Health Clinical School, The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane; Wesley Medical Imaging, The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.
  • David Coman | david.coman@hotmail.com Discipline of Paediatrics, UnitingCare Health Clinical School, The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane; Department of Paediatrics, The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane; Department of Metabolic Medicine, The Lady Cliento Children’s Hospital Brisbane; School of Medicine, Griffith University, Gold Coast; School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Australia.

Abstract

Infantile temporomandibular joint septic arthritis is an uncommon paediatric infection, but one which carries the potential for severe morbidity and mortality. Early diagnosis and aggressive medical and possibly surgical management is indicated for the best outcomes. The presenting clinical features are non-specific in a neonate and an infant; as such a high degree of clinical suspicion is required. We present the case of an eleven-month-old boy who has made a full recovery from an acute temporomandibular joint septic arthritis and review the relevant literature.

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2015-07-03
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Keywords:
Temporomandibular joint, magnetic resonance imaging, septic arthritis.
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Chuk, R., Arvier, J., Laing, B., & Coman, D. (2015). Septic arthritis of the temporomandibular joint in an infant. Clinics and Practice, 5(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2015.736