Meningococcal septicaemia and dental complications: a literature review and two case reports

Int J Paediatr Dent. 2005 May;15(3):213-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-263X.2005.00628.x.


The present report describes two cases of dental complications of meningococcemia at an early age. The meningococcal infection in these young children resulted in limb amputation and significant plastic surgery. Dental treatment and psychological considerations are described in both cases. Similar dental complications, especially in the premaxilla, were found. Some of the severely affected teeth were extracted.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacteremia / complications*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dental Restoration, Permanent
  • Denture, Partial, Removable
  • Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation / complications
  • Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Meningococcal Infections / complications*
  • Tooth Abnormalities / etiology*
  • Tooth Abnormalities / therapy
  • Tooth Exfoliation
  • Tooth Extraction