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Oral Manifestations and Challenges in Dental Treatment of Epidermolysis Bullosa Dystrophica

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Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a rare congenital disease characterized by the formation of blisters following minimal trauma. Oral health can be compromised by oral bullae, perioral fibrosis, ankyloglossia, and a high risk for dental caries, all of which lead to a decreased quality of life. The purpose of this paper is to report the case of an 11-year-old female who presented with autosomal recessive dystrophic EB. Besides the skin manifestations, the extra- and intra-oral exams revealed lesions on the lips and mucosa, microstomia, ankyloglossia, depapillated tongue, and carious teeth. This case emphasizes that patients diagnosed with EB require multidisciplinary care, with the dentist playing an important role in oral health management.

(J Dent Child 2013;80(2):97-100)
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Keywords: EPIDERMOLYSIS BULLOSA DYSTROPHICA; ORAL MANIFESTATIONS; THERAPY

Document Type: Case Report

Affiliations: 1: School of Dentistry, Centro Universitário de União da Vitória, União da Vitória, Paraná, Brazil 2: School of Dentistry, THUM Dental Studies Center, Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil 3: University Hospital, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil 4: School of Dentistry, Centro Universitário Franciscano, Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 5: School of Dentistry, Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Tubarão, Santa Catarina, Brazil. [email protected]

Publication date: May 1, 2013

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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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