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Rare diagnoses in dentistry: a common phenomenon

Johanna Norderyd (Sweden)

Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Language: English
Chair(s): Francisco Garcia-Lorente (Spain)

Learning Objectives

  • > To encourage dental professionals to pay attention to patterns of orofacial symptoms potentially part of a rare diagnosis.
  • > To share information about rare diagnoses of special interest and importance to dental practitioners, enabling proper actions and care management.s
  • > Rare disease databases will be introduced and examples of rare diagnoses affecting different orofacial tissues will be presented.


About 30 million individuals in Europe and 25 million in the US are affected by a rare diagnosis (depending how you define it, WHO roughly estimates it to be 400 million people worldwide). There are between 5000 to 8000 different known rare diagnoses. This means that although each single rare diagnosis is rare, rare diagnoses are common in the population and among everyone’s patients. The general dentist is often the professional first in line to pick up the signs and symptoms from the orofacial complex and thus plays an important role in diagnostics.

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