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Atypical odontalgia misdiagnosed as odontogenic pain: a case report and discussion of treatment

Atypical odontalgia misdiagnosed as odontogenic pain: a case report and discussion of treatment

Journal of Endodontics 23(5): 337-339

Atypical odontalgia is characterized by prolonged periods of throbbing or burning pain in the teeth or alveolar process, which occurs in the absence of any identifiable odontogenic etiology. The pain may be bilateral and change in location. This article presents two cases of atypical odontalgia that were misdiagnosed and initially treated as pain of odontogenic origin. A therapeutic regimen of tricyclic antidepressants alleviated the pain in one patient and was unsuccessful in the second. These two cases demonstrate the importance of having a thorough knowledge of both odontogenic and nonodontogenic causes of orofacial pain as well as the need for careful diagnosis before undertaking any treatment.

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PMID: 9545940

DOI: 10.1016/S0099-2399(97)80419-0

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