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Epidural abscess after dental extraction
  1. B J Burgess
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, Broomfield Hospital, Court Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 7ET, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Mr Burgess (bburgess{at}

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A 20 year old woman attended the accident and emergency department complaining of right sided neck pain three days after extraction of a wisdom tooth under general anaesthetic. The physical examination was consistent with a musculoskeletal neck sprain resulting from posture during the extraction and the patient was discharged with a soft cervical collar, non-steroidal analgesia and referred to physiotherapy. She returned three days later (six days after the original procedure) complaining of increased right sided neck pain and a sensation of numbness …

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