Article: Volume 44 Number 1 Page 70 - January 2017

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Oral medicine:  Sore or Swollen Lips Part 3: Diagnosis and Treatment

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Abstract: This series of three papers reviews the causes, diagnosis and differential diagnosis, and outlines the management of sore and/or swollen lips.

Clinical relevance: Sore and/or swollen lips are not uncommon, often have a local cause but may reflect a systemic disease. The previous 2 papers in the series discussed their causes. This paper reviews their diagnosis and treatment.

Author notes: Dimitrios Malamos, PhD, DDS, MSc, DipOM, Oral Medicine Clinic, National Organization for the Provision of Health Services (IKA), Athens, Greece ( and Crispian Scully, CBE, DSc, DChD, DMed (HC), Dhc (multi), MD, PhD, PhD (HC), FMedSci,MDS, MRCS, BSc, FDSRCS, FDSRCPS, FFDRCSI, FDSRCSEd, FRCPath, FHEA, Emeritus Professor, University College London, UK.

Objective: To describe the diagnosis and treatment of sore or swollen lips.