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Meningococcal septicaemia and dental changes
  1. V Siapka,
  2. P J M Crawford
  1. Child Dental Health, Dental School, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    P J M Crawford
    Child Dental Health, Dental School, Bristol BS1 2LY, UK; peter.crawford{at}

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A case is described where localised tissue necrosis in meningococcal septicaemia led to profound dental disturbances in later life. Neisseria meningitides infection may lead to disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), necrosis and infarction of organs, haemorrhage into the internal organs,1–3 hypocalcaemia2 and post-recovery bone abnormalities.3 Dental complications have been reported with disruption of odontogenesis or delayed tooth eruption.1,3,4


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