A Review of the Microbiology of Submandibular Space Infections

  • Shivesh H. MaharajEmail author
Original Article



The submandibular space is part of the deep neck fascial spaces. Infection within these spaces can cause significant mortality and morbidity.

Materials and methods

The study is a review of the microbiology of the submandibular space infections seen at the tertiary academic referral hospitals, University of the Witwatersrand. The period of the study is from January 1, 2006, to December 31, 2006. Ninety-three patients were reviewed of which 52 had aspirates taken. The predominant microorganisms were the gram-positive anaerobic cocci. A literature search for this category of infection was also conducted.


The most commonly isolated microorganisms were the gram-positive cocci.


Microbiology Submandibular Infections Antibiotics 


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© The Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Otorhinolaryngology, Department of Neurosciences, School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health SciencesUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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