Diagnosing oral ulcers

Alison J. Bruce, Tushar S. Dabade, Nicole M. Burkemper

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Oral ulcers are common and can have many causes, making diagnosis challenging. This article provides an overview of common oral ulcers and an algorithmic approach to establishing the correct diagnosis. Factors such as duration, pattern of recurrence, clinical appearance, mucosal location, and presence or absence of systemic symptoms are useful clues to determining an ulcer's cause.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 6 2015



  • acute oral ulcers
  • chronic oral ulceration
  • herpes stomatitis
  • infection
  • oral ulcer causes
  • recurrent aphthous stomatitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nurse Assisting

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