Desquamative gingivitis: retrospective analysis of disease associations of a large cohort.

Departamento de Clínica e Odontologia Preventiva, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brazil.
Oral Diseases (Impact Factor: 2.38). 03/2008; 14(6):556-60. DOI: 10.1111/j.1601-0825.2007.01420.x
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ABSTRACT Desquamative gingivitis (DG) is usually a manifestation of immunologically mediated mucocutaneous disorders, although it was previously suggested to be hormonally related.
One hundred and eighty-seven Caucasian UK residents with clinical features of DG (126 female, median age of 51 years, range 23-93 years) were retrospectively evaluated.
It was established that, in this population, the largest cohort yet reported, oral lichen planus was most common (70.5%) while mucous membrane pemphigoid (14%), pemphigus vulgaris (13%), linear IgA disease (1.6%), dermatomyositis (0.5%) and mixed connective tissue disease (0.5%) were less common.
Oral lichen planus is the main disorder associated with DG. However, DG may be a feature of bullous disease and connective tissue disease.

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