J Korean Assoc Oral Maxillofac Surg 2015; 41(6): 293~298
Cervicofacial infection in a Nigerian tertiary health institution:  a retrospective analysis of 77 cases
Benjamin Fomete1, Rowland Agbara1,*, Daniel Otasowie Osunde2, Charles N Ononiwu1
1Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria,  2Department of Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria
Benjamin Fomete
Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, P.O. Box 3772, Zaria, Kaduna, Nigeria
TEL: +234-8034515494
E-mail: benfometey@hotmail.com
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4690-0496">http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4690-0496
Received April 3, 2015; Revised July 4, 2015; Accepted August 4, 2015.; Published online December 31, 2015.
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Objectives: Infection involving the orbit, zygomatic space, lateral pharyngeal space, or hemifacial and oral floorphlegmon is referred to as cervicofacial infection (CFI). When diagnosis and/or adequate treatment are delayed, these infections can be life-threatening. Most cases are the result of odontogenic infections. We highlight our experiences in the management of this life-threatening condition.
Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective study of patients who presented with CFI from December 2005 to June 2012 at the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic or the Accident and Emergency Unit of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (Zaria, Nigeria). The medical records of all patients who presented with either localized or diffuse infection of the maxillofacial soft tissue spaces were retrospectively collected. Data collected was analyzed using SPSS version 13.0 and are expressed as descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results: Of the 77 patients, 49 patients (63.6%) were males, a male to female ratio of 1:7.5. The ages ranged from two years to 75 years with a mean of 35.0±19.3 years, although most patients were older than 40 years. The duration of symptoms prior to presentation ranged from 6 to 60 days, with a mean of 11.0±9.4 days. More than 90% of the patients presented to the clinic within the first10 days. The most commonly involved anatomical space was the submandibular space (n=29, 37.7%), followed by hemifacial space (n=22, 28.6%) and buccal space (n=7, 9.1%). Ludwig angina accounted for about 7.8% of the cases.
Conclusion: CFI most commonly involves the submandibular space, typically affects individuals with a low level of education, and is influencedby traditional medical practices. Despite improved health care delivery, CFI remains a significant problem in developing countries
Keywords: Cervicofacial, Infection, Management, Odontogengic

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