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Article: Volume 42 Number 6 Page 584 - July/August 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 584-585

Oral medicine:  Oral Ulceration in Newly Diagnosed Leukaemic Patient with Undiagnosed Sweet’s Syndrome

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Abstract: Sweet’s syndrome is a relatively rare but important skin condition which can affect the oral cavity. Awareness of this reactive condition is important for dentists who work in hospitals, where it is most likely to present. This report summarizes one such case and aims to introduce the reader to Sweet’s syndrome.

Clinical relevance: Oral ulceration is a common condition occurring in medical inpatients for which oral and maxillofacial surgery and medicine senior house officers and specialists are often asked to review on the ward. An awareness of Sweet’s syndrome is important as it is most likely to occur in this setting and may present with oral ulceration.

Author notes: Daniel Brierley, BDS(Hons), MFDS, SHO Oral Medicine and Pathology, Oral Medicine Unit, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield, David N Slater, MB ChB, FRCPath, Consultant Pathologist, General Pathology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, John Snowden, BSc(Hons), MBChB, MD, FRCP, FRCPath, Consultant Haematologist, Haematology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, Debbie Holt, MBChB, BDS, FDS RCPS, PhD, SpR in Oral Medicine, Oral Medicine Unit, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield and Anne Hegarty, MSc (OM), MBBS, MFD RCSI, FDS RCS (OM), Consultant and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Oral Medicine, Oral Medicine Unit, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield, UK.

Objective: To increase awareness of Sweet’s syndrome and consider it in a differential diagnosis when confronted with oral ulcers and skin lesions.

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