Mrs X developed soreness in the mouth that initially came and went and only affected one part of the mouth. Over several weeks the soreness became constant and spread to other parts of the mouth. Mrs X’s dentist referred her to the local Oral Medicine clinic for a specialist opinion. From the clinical evaluation and special tests a diagnosis of pemphigus vulgaris was made. This is an uncommon condition that can be difficult to diagnose. If left untreated it typically leads on to extensive skin lesions and can be fatal. In this case, early diagnosis and prompt treatment meant that the condition was brought under control.
To find out more about this condition read the Patient Information Leaflet (PiL) prepared by the Society on Oral Pemphigus Vulgaris.