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Age: 40

Sex: Male

Indication: Neck pain

Pre-Mental Fat Pad

Mimicking an Abscess



Findings Relating to the Mimic

  • No abscess.  Normal fat pad along the anterior margin of the mandibular symphysis.


Discussion

  • This small area of fat along the anterior aspect of the midline jaw is a normal finding, which could be mistaken for a subperiostial abscess.


Images

Normal fat anterior to the midline mandible (red arrows).

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