Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection with fatal necrotizing pneumonia from lip abscess: A case report

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73034, USA.
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Impact Factor: 1.28). 12/2007; 65(11):2350-3. DOI: 10.1016/j.joms.2006.09.020
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