Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 84-86

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs misleading the diagnosis of periapical abscess

1 Ramakrishna Dental College, Coimbatore, India
2 Department of Pharmacology, Meenakshi Medical College and Research Institute, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India

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A C Jesudoss Prabhakaran
Department of Pharmacology, Meenakshi Medical College and Research Institute, Enathur, Kancheepuram 631552, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-9668.95978

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Periapical abscesses are common but may rarely be a subclinical infection in dental clinics. If an infection progresses rapidly or slowly as a tooth ache of chronic periodontitis with clinical features misleading the diagnosis, the dentists are able to recognize the salient signs and identify the patients at risk. This article reviews a case of a rare innocuous periapical abscess presenting as angioedema of upper lip with history of consuming nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as diclofenac sodium whenever needed for arthralgia on a short-term basis.

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