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Straightening Out the Cause of a Case of Aphthous Stomatitis

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In Dr David Kaplan’s Dermclinic case of a teenager with aphthous stomatitis(CONSULTANT, April 15, 2001, page 665), the patient wears braces in the photograph(Figure).

In Dr David Kaplan's Dermclinic case of a teenager with aphthous stomatitis(CONSULTANT, April 15, 2001, page 665), the patient wears braces in the photograph(Figure). The minor trauma that braces can cause to the labial mucosaprobably contributed to her aphthous stomatitis-especially given the distributionof the lesions.
-Malka Messner, RPA-C
  Far Rockaway, NY

Trauma has indeed beenimplicated as a factor in thedevelopment of aphthousstomatitis.1 Unfortunately, theprecise etiology and pathogenesisof this condition remainunknown.2
-David L. Kaplan, MD
  Clinical Assistant Professor
  University of Missouri Kansas City
  School of Medicine
  University of Kansas School of
  Medicine
  Kansas City

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