Medical Practice

Prospective study of aetiological factors in burning mouth syndrome

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1988; 296 doi: (Published 30 April 1988) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1988;296:1243
  1. P-J Lamey,
  2. A B Lamb


    A prospective study of 150 consecutive patients with burning mouth syndrome and with a minimum follow up period of 18 months is reported. Factors related to dentures, to vitamin B complex deficiency, and to psychological abnormalities were found to be important, and undiagnosed diabetes mellitus, reduced salivary gland function, haematological deficiencies, candidal infection, parafunctional habits, and allergy might also play a part. Given a protocol for management which takes all these factors into account, some two thirds of patients can be cured or have their symptoms improved.

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