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Article: Volume 43 Number 10 Page 971 - December 2016

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Oral medicine:  Sore or Swollen Lips Part 2: Systemic Causes

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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 article reviewed important causes, from actinic to contact cheilitis, while this paper starts with drug-induced cheilitis and completes that alphabetical list.

Author notes: Dimitrios Malamos, PhD, DDS, MSc, DipOM, Oral Medicine Clinic, National Organization for the Provision of Health Services (IKA), Athens, Greece (dim.malamos@gmail.com) and Crispian Scully, CBE, FMedSci, DSc, FDS, UCL Emeritus Professor, London, UK.

Objective: To describe the systemic causes of sore or swollen lips.