BACKGROUND : in recent years we recorded an increase in the number of hospital admissions due to odontogenic abscesses and neck phlegmons requiring surgery. We believe that the cause may be related both to the rationalization of funding allocation procedures in public health service making access to public dental healthcare more difficult, and the financial situation of Italian families. STUDY DESIGN: longitudinal retrospective study. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: 55 patients admitted between January 2013 and November 2017 with a diagnosis of “neck abscess” and/or “neck phlegmon” and/or “neck infection” were enrolled in the present study. RESULTS: The results of this study showed that the number of cases of abscesses and neck phlegmons with an odontogenic origin have quadrupled, with reference to gender was 31 males (56%) and 24 females (44%). The average age was 46 and most cases involved patients between 30 and 50. 18 patients (33%) were non-EU citizens living in Italy for more than 5 years. These data indicate an increase in the incidence of odontogenic neck infections. The data gathered by ISTAT (Istituto Nazionale di Statistica), Eurostat Data Explorer, Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vittorio and Tecnè revealed that these outcomes are directly related to the financial difficulties Italian families are experiencing. The exclusion of essential dental assistance from public healthcare forced Italians to consult expensive private facilities that not everyone can afford. CONCLUSIONS: Connections were found between odontogenic neck infection complications and the financial difficulties Italian families are suffering from; Italians are reducing their budget for dental healthcare becoming exposed to serious neck pathologies.

Odontogenic phlegmons and abscesses in relation to the financial situation of Italian families / FUSCONI, Massimo; GRECO, Antonio; GALLI, Massimo; POLIMENI, Antonella; Yusef, Marco; DI CIANNI, SIMONE; de SOCCIO, GIULIA; Romana Federici Stanganelli, Francesca; Lombardi, Roberto; DE VINCENTIIS, Marco. - In: MINERVA STOMATOLOGICA. - ISSN 0026-4970. - 68:5(2019), pp. 236-241. [10.23736/S0026-4970.19.04276-6]

Odontogenic phlegmons and abscesses in relation to the financial situation of Italian families

Massimo Fusconi
Primo
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Antonio Greco
Secondo
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Massimo Galli;Antonella Polimeni;Simone Di Cianni;Giulia De Soccio;Francesca Romana Federici Stanganelli;Marco de Vincentiis
Ultimo
2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND : in recent years we recorded an increase in the number of hospital admissions due to odontogenic abscesses and neck phlegmons requiring surgery. We believe that the cause may be related both to the rationalization of funding allocation procedures in public health service making access to public dental healthcare more difficult, and the financial situation of Italian families. STUDY DESIGN: longitudinal retrospective study. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: 55 patients admitted between January 2013 and November 2017 with a diagnosis of “neck abscess” and/or “neck phlegmon” and/or “neck infection” were enrolled in the present study. RESULTS: The results of this study showed that the number of cases of abscesses and neck phlegmons with an odontogenic origin have quadrupled, with reference to gender was 31 males (56%) and 24 females (44%). The average age was 46 and most cases involved patients between 30 and 50. 18 patients (33%) were non-EU citizens living in Italy for more than 5 years. These data indicate an increase in the incidence of odontogenic neck infections. The data gathered by ISTAT (Istituto Nazionale di Statistica), Eurostat Data Explorer, Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vittorio and Tecnè revealed that these outcomes are directly related to the financial difficulties Italian families are experiencing. The exclusion of essential dental assistance from public healthcare forced Italians to consult expensive private facilities that not everyone can afford. CONCLUSIONS: Connections were found between odontogenic neck infection complications and the financial difficulties Italian families are suffering from; Italians are reducing their budget for dental healthcare becoming exposed to serious neck pathologies.
2019
phlegmons; abscess; neck infections; dental healthcare; dental extractions; transalveolar drainage
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Odontogenic phlegmons and abscesses in relation to the financial situation of Italian families / FUSCONI, Massimo; GRECO, Antonio; GALLI, Massimo; POLIMENI, Antonella; Yusef, Marco; DI CIANNI, SIMONE; de SOCCIO, GIULIA; Romana Federici Stanganelli, Francesca; Lombardi, Roberto; DE VINCENTIIS, Marco. - In: MINERVA STOMATOLOGICA. - ISSN 0026-4970. - 68:5(2019), pp. 236-241. [10.23736/S0026-4970.19.04276-6]
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