Anthrax of the lower lip

Stefano Veraldi, Gianluca Nazzaro, Ermira Çuka, Lorenzo Drago

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Anthrax of the oral cavity and oropharynx is well known, whereas anthrax of the lips is very rare. We present a case of anthrax of the lower lip in a 57-year-old man. The infection was characterized by a wide, black eschar, surrounded by vesicles, crusts, and erythematous-edematous halo, with submandibular and laterocervical lymphadenopathy. The oral cavity, oropharynx, and tonsils were normal. Laboratory examinations revealed leukocytosis and increased inflammatory markers. Otolaryngologic, gastrointestinal, lung, and neurologic examinations were negative. The patient was successfully treated with oral ciprofloxacin. Although rare, anthrax should be considered in the differential clinical diagnosis in patients returning from areas where this disease is endemic.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Volume116
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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Anthrax
Lip
Oropharynx
Mouth
Endemic Diseases
Palatine Tonsil
Leukocytosis
Neurologic Examination
Ciprofloxacin
Differential Diagnosis
Lung
Infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Dentistry (miscellaneous)

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Anthrax of the lower lip. / Veraldi, Stefano; Nazzaro, Gianluca; Çuka, Ermira; Drago, Lorenzo.

In: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, Vol. 116, No. 6, 12.2013.

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