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LEAO, Jair Carneiro; GOMES, Valder Barbosa  and  PORTER, Stephen. Ulcerative lesions of the mouth: an update for the general medical practitioner. Clinics [online]. 2007, vol.62, n.6, pp.769-780. ISSN 1807-5932.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1807-59322007000600018.

Oral ulceration is a common complaint of patients attending out-patient clinics. Because of the diversity in causes of oral ulceration, patients presenting with oral mucosal disease can be challenging to diagnose and manage. Patients with signs or symptoms of oral ulcers are sometimes referred to gastroenterology clinics; however, in most instances the ulcers do not result from gastrointestinal disease. The aim of the present article is to review aspects of the etiology, diagnosis and management of common ulcerative disorders of the oral mucosa. A search in the National Library of Medicine computerized bibliographic database MEDLINE was performed. Selection of publications, extraction of data, and validity assessment were then performed by the authors. Based upon the searched literature, it is concluded that there are several systemic disorders that can present with similar clinical signs and symptoms, and knowledge of each disease is necessary for the clinician to provide proper management.

Keywords : Oral Ulceration; Oral Medicine; Oral Lesions; Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis; Recurrent Oral Ulceration.

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