Article: Volume 45 Number 8 Page 742 - September 2018

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  Dent Update 2018; 45: 742-748

Oral surgery:  Systemic Sclerosis: A Case Report and Considerations for General Dental Practitioners

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Abstract: Systemic sclerosis is a rare condition but has a high morbidity and mortality rate due to complications associated with the increased deposition of collagen in multi-organ systems. This can result in tightening of the skin, vascular issues and various autoimmune responses. This paper describes a case which was referred into secondary care, where confirmation of systemic sclerosis from the medical history aided the diagnosis of the oral symptoms and allowed appropriate patient management.

Clinical relevance: General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) may encounter these patients in primary care and should be aware of the condition and its effects on the mouth.

Author notes: Fiona Wright, BDS, MFDS(RCSEd), DCT in Oral Surgery, Eleni Besi, DDS, MSc(Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery), MFDS(RCSEd) PGCert(Implants), StR in Oral Surgery, Nicholas J Malden, BDS, LDS, FDS(RCPSG), DDS, Consultant in Oral Surgery, Edinburgh Dental Institute, Lauriston Building, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9HA, UK.

Objective: To understand the clinical signs of systemic sclerosis and manage the symptoms appropriately.

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