Article: Volume 43 Number 4 Page 335 - May 2016

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Oral medicine:  Oral Cancer Red Flags – A Case of Misdiagnosis

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Abstract: The clinical presentations of oral malignancy are diverse. This short article discusses a case of a late-presenting oral malignancy and signifies the importance of general dental and medical practitioners’ knowledge in the diagnosis of oral malignancy.

Clinical relevance: Oral malignancy is a life-threatening diagnosis. The importance of a structured systematic approach in the diagnosis is discussed.

Author notes: Ruth E Lambeth, BDS, Zarina S Shaikh, FRCS, MFDS, MBChB, BDS, Stephen D Adcock, FRCS, MFDS, MBChB, BDS, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, Truro, Cornwall, UK.

Objective: To discuss the current understanding of diagnostic red flags to decrease the risk of missing life-threatening diagnoses.

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