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Unusual Case of Graphite Tattoo in a Pediatric Patient: Clinical Presentation and Differential Diagnosis

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Graphite tattoo, a rare finding in children, is characterized by a localized blue-grey macule of variable sizes and shapes. Intraoral graphite implantation may cause this pigmentation through accidental injury with a graphite pencil. The purpose of this paper is to report an unusual case of graphite tattoo involving the anterior palate region in a seven-year-old girl. A diagnosis was made based on clinical and radiographic examinations and histopathology features. This report also highlights the importance of differential diagnosis and management of oral benign and malignant pigmented lesions in children.
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Keywords: CHILD; ORAL MUCOSA; PIGMENTATION

Document Type: Case Report

Affiliations: 1: Clinical professor, in the Division of Oral Surgery, at São Leopoldo Mandic Institute and Research Center, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil 2: Clinical professor, in the Division of Oral Pathology, at São Leopoldo Mandic Institute and Research Center, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil 3: Professor, in the Division of Oral Radiology, at São Leopoldo Mandic Institute and Research Center, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil 4: Professor, in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry, at São Leopoldo Mandic Institute and Research Center, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 01 May 2017

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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