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Oral signs and symptoms of systemic disease

Oral signs and symptoms of systemic disease

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Time to Complete

1 hour


March 20, 2018


March 20, 2018

Programme Description

Dr Matthew West highlights oral pathology that may indicate underlying illness. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include identifying oral lesions, periodontal disease and mucosal changes and understanding their possible link to systemic conditions.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Assess for mucosal changes such as pallor, atrophy, lesions and pigmentation
  • Determine which oral signs and pathology are suggestive of systemic illness
  • Recall which medications can cause changes to oral mucosal pigmentation
  • Describe the association between diabetes and periodontal disease
  • Discuss the oral features typically associated with leukaemia
  • Manage the dental consequences of anorexia and bulimia
  • Authors

    Activity author
    Dr Matthew West
    Medical doctor
    London and Hertfordshire

    Test author
    MIMS Dermatology Editor


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1 learning credit (1 hour learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


    Hardware and Software Requirements
    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required