Title

Life-threatening bite injury of the lower lip after use of metamizole

Date of this Version

1-1-2008

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Becker, S.T., Wiltfang, J., Springer, I.N., Bartsch, M.S., Guenther, R., Sherry, E., & Warnke, P.H. Life-threatening bite injury of the lower lip after use of metamizol. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 12 (1), 39-41.

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© Copyright Springer-Verlag, 2008

ISSN

1865-1550

Abstract

Introduction
Bite wounds of the oral mucosa heal after eliminating the causative irritant, but there are serious exceptions from the rule. We present the case of a 37-year-old woman with an ulcer of the mucosa of the lower lip, which had been present for 10 days, and leucopenia.

Discussion
Agranulocytosis after the use of metamizole is part from leukaemia and lues, a rare reason for non-healing ulcers of the mucosa of the oral cavity without fulminant signs for inflammation.

Conclusion
As this is a life-threatening disease, medical therapy must begin immediately.

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