Journal of Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 192--194

Cancrum oris: A devastating orofacial gangrene


Bal P Reddy1, B Sridhar Reddy1, G Kiran1, Neelima Chembolu2 
1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, GDCH, Hyderabad, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Meghna Institute of Dental Sciences, Nizambad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
G Kiran
H. No: 1-5-166, New Maruthinagar, Road No. 11A, Kothapet, Hyderabad - 500 060, Andhra Pradesh
India

Cancrum oris or noma is a rapidly spreading gangrenous stomatitis which occurs chiefly in debilitated or malnourished children, destroying the soft and hard tissue structures. Its fulminating course causes progressive and mutilating destruction of the affected tissues. As most patients with noma do not report until the disease is at an advanced stage, its onset and progression still remains a mystery. Survivors of this disease suffer severe facial deformity due to loss of facial tissues and scarring. We report a case report of noma highlighting its onset and progression, the extent of tissue necrosis and its management with an emphasis on the need for early diagnosis and prompt treatment.


How to cite this article:
Reddy BP, Reddy B S, Kiran G, Chembolu N. Cancrum oris: A devastating orofacial gangrene.J NTR Univ Health Sci 2012;1:192-194


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Reddy BP, Reddy B S, Kiran G, Chembolu N. Cancrum oris: A devastating orofacial gangrene. J NTR Univ Health Sci [serial online] 2012 [cited 2019 Dec 11 ];1:192-194
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