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Factors associated with prolonged hospitalizations from odontogenic infections in children

  • Michael V. Joachim1,2,*,
  • Mary Abdo3
  • Kutaiba Alkeesh1
  • Orit Oettinger-Barak4
  • Said Abozaid3
  • Imad Abu El-Naaj1,2

1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poriya, Israel

2Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Bar-Ilan University, Safed, Israel

3Department of Pediatrics, Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poriya, Israel

4Melbourne Dental School, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

DOI: 10.22514/jocpd.2022.024 Vol.46,Issue 6,November 2022 pp.40-44

Published: 01 November 2022

*Corresponding Author(s): Michael V. Joachim E-mail:


Objective: Oro-facial infections are common pathologies comprising a substantial health concern in the pediatric population. Incorrect or late treatment may lead to serious and possibly life-threatening complications. The aim of this study is to analyze variables associated with prolonged length of hospital stays (LOS) due to odontogenic infections in children. Study design: Data was collected from the records of patients (age <15 years) hospitalized due to odontogenic infections at Poriya Medical Center during the period of 1/2010–12/2015. Patients with oro-facial infections originating from other organs were excluded from the study as well as children with underlying systemic medical conditions that may affect recovery. Results: A total of 411 patients (mean age 6.5 ± 2 years) were included in this study, with 58.4% being male. There were significantly higher (p < 0.05) values of white blood cell (WBC) counts in patients with >3 days LOS. Patients with >3 days LOS were also significantly older (8.4 vs. 6.3 years). There were no significant differences in sex distribution or other clinical or laboratory parameters between the groups. Conclusion: Older child age and higher WBC counts on admission are indicators for prolonged LOS.


Tooth infections; Pediatric hospitalization; Odontogenic infections

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Michael V. Joachim,Mary Abdo,Kutaiba Alkeesh,Orit Oettinger-Barak,Said Abozaid,Imad Abu El-Naaj. Factors associated with prolonged hospitalizations from odontogenic infections in children. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2022. 46(6);40-44.


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