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Intraoral Findings of Papillon-LeFevre Syndrome

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Papillon-Lefevre syndrome (PLS) is a rare autosomal, recessive condition characterized by hyperkeratosis of palms and soles of the feet and elbows and by rapid formation of periodontitis and hypermobility, migration and exfoliation of the teeth of primary and permanent dentition. The purpose of this report was to describe the case of an 8-year-old boy who presented to the Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology of Faculty of Dentistry of Ondokuz Mayis University with a chief complaint of mobility and rapid loss of teeth. Hyperkeratosis of palms and soles were realized. His gingivae were hyperemic and edematous, and the teeth were mobile. Histopathological examination of the specimen taken from the thickened skin was reported to be consistent with PLS. All teeth with poor prognosis were extracted and extensive periodontal therapy was administered, and a special denture was constructed.
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Keywords: PALMOPLANTAR HYPERKERATOSIS; PAPILLON-LEFEVRE SYNDROME; PERIODONTAL DESTRUCTION; PREMATURE TOOTH LOSS

Document Type: Case Report

Affiliations: 1: Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey 2: Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey 3: Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey 4: Department of Pathology, Gulhane Military Academy of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Publication date: 01 January 2008

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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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