Dr. Fowler will discuss the clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of oral ulcerative, erosive, and blistering diseases. These will be discussed in a case-based approach emphasizing the proper clinical evaluation and work-up, diagnostic tests, and management of patients complaining of mucosal discomfort. Entities to be discussed include recurrent aphthous ulcers, herpes simplex viral infections, autoimmune blistering diseases, erosive lichen planus, lichenoid mucosal reactions, and selected other lesions affecting the oral mucosa.
- To provide the participants with a systematic approach to the clinical diagnosis and work-up of patients who present to the dental office complaining of mucosal discomfort.
- To review the laboratory procedures involved in the diagnosis of oral ulcerative, erosive, and blistering diseases including proper submission of specimens when appropriate.
- To discuss the management of patients with oral ulcerative, erosive, and blistering diseases to include the administration of topical and systemic agents, appropriate referral to other health care professionals, and clinical follow-up.