Recall patient: 68 years old with BP meds and vitamins; generally healthy male. No complaints. He’s been a patient of mine for 14 years. Routine head, neck, and oral soft-tissue screening: “Raise your tongue up, swing it to the right, and touch the inside of your cheek; now to the left…hold on.”
Caries were noted on no. 3, and in two weeks, the patient will come back in for restorative work and to reassess this lesion.
Now you know what I know about this situation. Thoughts? Thinking caps on, peeps. THIS is raw and real-time dentistry. If you don’t do thorough exams, you won’t find these lesions. Generally speaking, most oral lesions are self-resolving, but what about those that aren’t? You should be able to list at least three differentials right off the bat; if not, stay tuned for a follow-up in a few weeks along with a refresher.
My gut feeling on this one? Biopsy for a definitive that doesn’t have my Spidey senses feeling all that great. Hopefully I’m wrong.
Keep at it, my friends. More to come soon.
Side note: In case you were wondering, this clinical photo was taken with my iPhone, and yes, it can be done while maintaining patient confidentiality.
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Stacey L. Gividen, DDS, a graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry, is in private practice in Hamilton, Montana. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Montana in the Anatomy and Physiology Department. Dr. Gividen is the editorial codirector of Through the Loupes and a contributing author for DentistryIQ, Perio-Implant Advisory, and Dental Economics. She serves on the Dental Economics editorial advisory board. You may contact her at [email protected].