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Dermatol Clin. 1987 Oct;5(4):719-22.

Idiopathic gingivostomatitis.

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  • 1Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota.


Atypical gingivostomatitis is recognized by a combination of clinical findings, a sharply marginated, deep red edematous quality to the attached gingiva, angular cheilitis, and a sore red tongue. Unfortunately, there are no general laboratory tests that are diagnostic of the condition, although biopsy of the gingiva shows a marked plasma cell infiltrate. The etiology remains obscure, although chewing certain gums or using some types of dentifrices precipitates the problem. The disease seems to involute spontaneously in some patients. Treatment is symptomatic.

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