Dental infections masquerading as skin lesions

Br J Plast Surg. 2001 Jun;54(4):358-60. doi: 10.1054/bjps.2001.3570.


Dental infection is a common cause of facial sinus; the external opening can masquerade as a variety of lesions. Surgical excision of the skin component alone fails to address the underlying problem and results in recurrence. Recognition and treatment of the underlying dental infection is required to allow the resolution of the associated skin lesion. Two illustrative cases are presented.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cutaneous Fistula / diagnosis*
  • Cutaneous Fistula / etiology
  • Cutaneous Fistula / therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Recurrence
  • Skin Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Skin Diseases / etiology
  • Skin Diseases / therapy
  • Tooth Diseases / complications
  • Tooth Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Tooth Diseases / therapy