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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 99-105

Craniofacial pain as manifestation of angina


Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka, India

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Dr. A V Ratheesh
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka - 577 004
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DOI: 10.4103/2231-6027.178499

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The most common types of orofacial pain originate at the dental or periodontal region or in the musculoskeletal structures. However, sometimes a patient may present pain in these regions even though the source is located elsewhere in the body. One possible source of heterotopic pain is of cardiac origin, which pose a diagnostic challenge. In 6% of patients, craniofacial pain can be the first and the only symptom of cardiac ischemia. Misdiagnosis of these cases may lead to unnecessary dental treatment and a significant number of deaths due to atypical symptoms of coronary disease.


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