Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
A 27-year-old female, after a fracture of the mandible treated with osteosynthesis and after a difficult extraction, developed osteomyelitis with fistulation and sequestration. Sequestrectomy and extraction of the teeth in the osleomyelitic area did not clear the patient of symptoms. A patch test to nickel turned out to be positive. After removal of the stainless steel cerclage in the mandible, clinical and radiographic changes returned to normal within 2 and 8 weeks, respectively. It is concluded that, whenever acute treatment docs not lake priority, patch tests comprising nickel, cobalt and chromium should he performed in patterns who are candidates for metal osteosynthesis.
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