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Article: Volume 42 Number 6 Page 520 - July/August 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 520-524

Oral medicine:  Facial Skin Lesions Dentists Should Know

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Abstract: Facial skin lesions are common; patients may present with a nodule, crack, ulcer or abnormal discoloration of the skin that is not normally present. Ideally, dentists should include face examination in their routine clinical examination. Any suspicious lesion should be referred to a dermatologist as an early diagnosis and treatment could be life-saving. This article will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of common lesions of the face.

Clinical relevance: Dentists should recognize facial lesions, understand the differential diagnosis and refer suspicious lesions for treatment.

Author notes: Louna Sibai, MD, Dip Practical Dermatology, Postgraduate Student at Cardiff University and Zaki Kudsi, MBcHB, DDS, MSc(Oral Surgery), Specialist Oral Surgeon, East Finchley Smiles, 144 The High Road, East Finchley, London, N2 9ED, UK.

Objective: To understand the clinical implications of facial lesions.