|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 317-318
Recurrent aphthous stomatitis
Satvinder Singh Bakshi1, Sumita Bakshi2
1 Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Dr. Smilez Dental Clinic, Puducherry, India
|Date of Submission||20-Jul-2019|
|Date of Decision||03-Sep-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||06-Sep-2019|
|Date of Web Publication||16-Dec-2019|
Dr. Satvinder Singh Bakshi
House 1A, Selvam Apartments, 71 Krishna Nagar Main Road, Krishna Nagar, Puducherry - 605 008
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Bakshi SS, Bakshi S. Recurrent aphthous stomatitis. Arch Med Health Sci 2019;7:317-8
A 22-year-old male presented with a 2-year history of severe oral ulcerations. The lesions were painful, recurrent, and interfered with swallowing and speaking. There was no history of trauma, genital ulcerations, ocular symptoms, or any association with food intake. Examination revealed multiple ulcers with erythematous borders ranging from 1 to 2 cm in diameter on the soft palate and anterior pillars [Figure 1]. A diagnosis of major aphthous ulcers was made, and the patient was started on oral prednisolone 30 mg, chlorhexidine mouth rinses, and topical application of lidocaine and triamcinolone gels. His symptoms reduced in 4 days, and he is currently asymptomatic at 2 months follow-up.
|Figure 1: Patient with multiple large aphthous ulcers on bilateral anterior pillars and tonsillar fossa|
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| Discussion|| |
The term “aphthous” is derived from the Greek word “aphtha” which means ulceration. It can affect up to 25% of the general population. The etiology is unclear; however, a variety of conditions may predispose the patient to develop recurrent ulcers, such as folic acid deficiency, neutropenia, iron deficiency anemia, heredity, trauma, emotional stress, hypersensitivity to certain foods, and immunoglobulin A deficiency., Associated systemic disorders include Behçet syndrome; inflammatory bowel disease; mouth and genital ulcers with inflamed cartilage syndrome; periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, and adenitis syndrome; and sweet syndrome. Based on the size, the lesions are classified into (1) minor aphthous ulcers, which are the commonest type, they are painful ulcers <1.0 cm in diameter and occur on nonkeratinized mucosa; (2) major aphthous ulcers, these are larger ulcers >1.0 cm, more painful, longer-lasting, and heal with scarring; and finally, (3) herpetiform aphthous ulcers which are more common in women, cluster on the lower lip, and heal without scarring., Recurrence is common and episodes usually occur about 3–6 times per year. Patients present with pain due to the ulcer which worsens on taking foods. If the lesions affect the tongue, then speaking and chewing become painful. Severe cases in which new lesions appear before the old ones heal can lead to debilitating chronic pain, malnutrition, and weight loss. The therapy aims at achieving relief of pain, reduction in the duration of symptoms, restoration of normal oral functions, and reduction in the frequency and severity of recurrences. Mild cases can be managed by oral mouth rinses and topical steroids.,, Systemic therapy with oral steroids, colchicine, levamisole, pentoxifylline, thalidomide, montelukast, dapsone, etc., is used for severe recurrent cases.
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