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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

June 2011
Volume 42 , Issue 6

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Cutaneous Manifestation Of Odontogenic Infection Misdiagnosed As Having Dermatologic Etiology: A Report Of Two Cases

Saurabh Kumar Gupta, MDS/Payal Saxena, MDS

Pages: 455–458
PMID: 21519581

General dentists should be aware that extraoral dental cutaneous lesions can be confused with dermatologic lesions. We report two cases of cutaneous lesions of dental origin that were initially misdiagnosed as being dermatologic in origin. Multiple treatments were performed, including plastic surgery, but the lesions did not resolve. Then, the lesions’ dental etiology was identified. Endodontic intervention resulted in resolution of the problem, confirming the initial misdiagnosis. A dental etiology, as part of a differential diagnosis, should be kept in mind with orofacial skin lesions. (Quintessence Int 2011;42:455–458)

Key words: cutaneous, dental, etiology, misdiagnosis, odontogenic origin

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