Cancrum oris is a quickly advancing gangrene of the lips and cheeks. It is associated with a mixed bacterial infection which includes Borrelia vincentii.
It may be seen in:
- especially in the malnourished, typically in children in tropical Africa
- cranium oris develops from an acute, ulcerative gingivitis
- leukaemic patients:
- often a terminal complicaton of the disease
- associated with the use of anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive drugs
Last reviewed 01/2018