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Managing Subcutaneous Emphysema Following Dental Procedures

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While uncommon, dental providers need to be able to diagnose and treat this potentially fatal complication.

After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. List the types of dental procedures that can produce a subcutaneous emphysema.
  2. Identify clinical signs and risk factors that can lead to a diagnosis of a subcutaneous emphysema.
  3. Describe advanced imaging technologies that will aid diagnosis of this complication, and a typical time period for resolution without treatment.

This course was issued in the September 2017 issue and expires 9/30/20. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.


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