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Title: Mouth and Genital Ulcerations in the Community
Authors: Al-Arfaj, Abdurhman S.
Alballa, Suliman R.
Sekeit, Mohammed A.
Al-Saleh, Salman S.
Al-Dalaan, Abdulla N.
Bahabri, Sultan A.
Mossa, Mohammed A.
Keywords: Mouth
Issue Date: Jun-2003
Citation: Saudi Medical Journal: 24 (1); 76-78
Abstract: Objectives: To estimate the prevalence of mouth and genital ulceration in the community and its relationship to rheumatic diseases. Methods: A house to house survey was carried out over a period of 18 months extending from September 1993 to February 1995, on 5,894 individuals utilizing detailed questionnaires on symptoms of musculoskeletal diseases and associated symptoms including history of mouth, genital ulcers, eye symptoms, and skin changes. After the initial phase, a 2nd phase was completed by trained nurses and paramedical staff, the purpose of which was to explore in detail, the history of those responding positively to any of the questions in phase one. The 3rd stage was conducted by general practitioners and rheumatologist to interview and examine those identified in phase 2 at King Fahad Hospital, Buraidah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Results: We identified 7 (0.1%) cases of genital ulceration, 43 (0.7%) cases of mouth ulceration, 263 (4.5%) cases of reddish eye or blurred vision, and 124 (2.1%) cases of skin rashes. Only 2 cases had both mouth and genital ulceration in addition to eye disease, skin rash and musculoskeletal pain. There was significant correlation between mouth ulcers and skin rash, eye symptoms, genital ulcerations, male sex, single status, weight loss and backpain. Conclusion: The vast majority of mouth and genital ulcers are not associated with a known rheumatic disease.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3421
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