Periodontist an Asset to Systemic Diagnosis — Diagnosing a Case of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is a neoplastic disease of bone marrow. AML M3 variant frequently develops swiftly and if not intervened immediately may prove fatal. This report presents a 32-year-old female who reported to dental OPD with complaint of bleeding gums and no previous medical history. On examination suspicious lesions were seen and patients was advised for full blood workup and Peripheral Blood Smear (PBS) investigations which revealed features suggestive of AML M3. The significant findings of this case are just presentation of oral manifestations, quick progression from initial symptoms to end stage and mild increase in WBC count which is uncommon for AML M3 variant. For many types of cancer, finding it early might make it uncomplicated to treat. This report outlines how a periodontist proved to be an asset in diagnosing a case of AML.
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