Cutaneous sinus tracts of dental etiology

Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol. 1988 Nov;66(5):608-14. doi: 10.1016/0030-4220(88)90384-2.


Intermittently draining cutaneous sinus tracts in the area of the face and neck may be caused by chronic dental infection. Diagnosis of the cause may be challenging but is the key to successful therapy. Two cases of these uncommon lesions are presented; one involved a mandibular molar and the other a mandibular incisor. Nonsurgical endodontic treatment was performed. Healing was rapid and uneventful.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • Dental Fistula / etiology*
  • Dental Pulp Necrosis / complications
  • Face*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incisor
  • Mandible
  • Molar
  • Periapical Abscess / complications*