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Reumatol Clin. 2011 Sep-Oct;7(5):323-8. doi: 10.1016/j.reuma.2011.05.003. Epub 2011 Jul 30.

[Recurrent aphthous stomatitis in Rheumatology].

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Servei de Reumatologia, Centre d'Especialitats Güell, Hospital Universitari de Girona Doctor Josep Trueta, Girona, España.


Recurrent aphthous stomatitis consists on recurring oral ulcers of unknown etiology. Oral ulcers may be different in number and size depending on the clinical presentation, which also determines the time needed for healing. Moreover, there are factors associated to outbreaks but not implicated in its etiopathogenesis. When oral aphthosis has a known etiology, it is not considered as recurrent aphthous stomatitis. The severity and the clinical presentation helps in the differential diagnosis. Treatment is symptomatic in recurrent aphthous stomatitis while, if there is an underlying systemic disease, the treatment of such disease is need in addition to topical treatment.

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