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Flesh-eating bacteria linked to dental surgery and teen’s death

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An investigation into the loss of a teenager has uncovered a disturbing cause of death after dental surgery. The report from the Medical Examiner’s Office in Maine lists flesh-eating bacteria as the cause of death for Benjamin LaMontagne. The teen had four wisdom teeth removed, and he became ill shortly after the surgery.

Benjamin LaMontagne’s story

The Medical Examiner’s Office shares that cervical necrotizing fasciitis or flesh-eating bacteria killed Benjamin LaMontagne in Maine. The teenager went in for routine dental surgery to have four wisdom teeth removed. However, he became sick and had swelling in the jaw that spread to other parts of his body.

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The report indicates that the infection began to affect the teenager’s ability to eat and walk several days after the surgery. He required help from his family to reach the bathroom, and the antibiotics he was taking were not making a difference. His mother called 911 for help after noticing Benjamin had problems breathing and talking, but he passed away at home before reaching a hospital.

Cervical necrotizing fasciitis or flesh-eating bacteria dangers

Cervical necrotizing fasciitis is a rapid infection that can progress quickly in the human body, and the report lists streptococcus A as the cause of death. Medical professionals claim it is rare to contract flesh-eating bacteria after dental surgery, so the number of cases is limited. However, the infection should never be ignored because of the high rate of fatalities associated with it.

Benjamin LaMontagne passed away several days after his surgery, and this is a common problem with flesh-eating bacteria. The infection can spread without notice while quickly making the patient very ill. It is crucial that patients seek medical attention because time is limited, and sepsis is a routine issue. Antibiotics may be able to save a person’s life if he or she is able to reach a hospital in time.

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