Wednesday, 3 November 2010

MRCP revision battle 41.3: Gingival Hyperplasia

Gingival hyperplasia is the overgrowth of the ginival (=gum) tissue.

Photos of gingival hyperplasia have appeared in part 2 written exams so a grasp of the main differentials is worthwhile.

Conditions to consider include:
  • poor oral hygiene leading to gingivitis
  • AML
  • vitamin C deficiency
  • pregnancy
  • drug-induced casues:
    • phenytoin
    • ciclosporin
    • calcium channel blockers (nifedipine, verapamil)

Now for a change to a spirochaete...