Unexplained orofacial pain - Is an early diagnosis possible?

V. R. Aggarwal, J. McBeth, J. M. Zakrzewska, G. J. MacFarlane

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    Aim: To identify distinct characteristics of unexplained orofacial pain that could be used by dental practitioners in making an early diagnosis. Methods: Subjects reporting orofacial pain in a postal questionnaire-based cross-sectional survey were invited for clinical examination. The interviewer was blinded to the questionnaire responses of the subjects. A diagnosis was made following the examination and subjects were assigned into two groups: unexplained pain and dental pain. The questionnaire responses of subjects who had consulted a healthcare professional within these two groups were then compared with particular attention to demographics, orofacial pain characteristics, consultation behaviour and relationship with other unexplained syndromes. Results: Subjects who had consulted for their pain and were assigned to the unexplained orofacial pain group were significantly (p
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)E6
    JournalBritish Dental Journal
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2008


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