Oral cavity consists of a small vestibule and a larger oral cavity proper. A wide number of dermatological conditions can affect the oral cavity. The clinical characteristics of the same were studied in patients attending departments of Dermatology/ENT Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun. To delineate and identify the various patterns of oral dermatological conditions in this part of the country. One hundred and fifty patients were included in the study having oral lesions irrespective of age, sex and duration. Clinical examination including cutaneous examination and simple investigations like routine blood, urine, stool, blood sugar, KOH mount and scraping, Tzanck test, and on certain cases biopsy were carried out. Out of 11,840 patients attending Dermatology/ENT OPD, HIMS, Dehradun from April 2008 to March 2009, 150 patients were having various disorders with oral manifestations. The incidence of oral cavity dermatoses in this study was 1.26%, male to female ratio was 2:3. (Out of 150 patients, 60 were males and 90 were females). Aphthous ulcer (28.57%) and pemphigus vulgaris (26.60%) formed the major bulk of patients followed by SLE (17.02%), oral candidiasis (16.07%), DLE (13.83%), lichen planus (12.77%) and others.
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