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Article: Volume 42 Number 6 Page 580 - July/August 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 580-582

Orthodontics:  An Unusual Allergic Response to Orthodontic Treatment

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Abstract: This paper describes a case of a 13-year-old patient with a systemic hypersensitivity reaction to orthodontic treatment. Her allergy was investigated resulting in a provisional diagnosis of pressure urticaria. The aetiology, diagnosis and clinical management of allergic reactions to dental procedures are discussed.

Clinical relevance: A significant underlying medical condition may be revealed by dental procedures. Appropriate liaison with medical professionals is essential so that appropriate diagnostic measures may be taken and treatment instigated. This paper shows the importance of patient safety both with regard to the taking of accurate medical and dental histories and the management of untoward reactions to dental procedures.

Author notes: Inderjit Shargill, BDS, MPhil, MFDS RCS, MOrth RCS, Specialist Registrar in Orthodontics, Tameside General Hospital/University Dental Hospital of Manchester and Catherine Asher-McDade, BDS, FDS RCSEd, MOrth RCSEng, Consultant in Orthodontics, Tameside General Hospital/University Dental Hospital of Manchester, UK.

Objective: To emphasize the importance of patient safety both with regard to the taking of accurate medical and dental histories and the management of untoward reactions to dental procedures.

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