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ORIGINAL STUDY ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 53-55

Prevalence and family history of recurrent aphthous stomatitis among the students of a dental institution in south India


1 Department of Oral Pathology, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Biochemistry, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Oral Pathology, Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
4 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India
5 Department of Physiology, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Thangadurai Maheswaran
Department of Oral Pathology, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Elayampalayam, Tiruchengode - 637 205, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-3019.148250

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Background: Positive family history is reported to be associated with Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis (RAS), but the family history of people without RAS is not reported. Aim: To find the details of family history of people with and without RAS. Materials and Methods: Data regarding the lifetime prevalence andthe family history of RAS was collected from 264 female clinical students of a dental institution and analyzed for any correlation. Results: The self-reported lifetime prevalence of RAS was found to be 53% among the dental students of our institution. Positive family history was found in 63% of students with RAS and in 22% of the students without RAS. Conclusions: RAS is very common among female dental students and the positive family history is an important predisposing factor.


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