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Quintessence Int 36 (2005), No. 7     8. June 2005
Quintessence Int 36 (2005), No. 7  (08.06.2005)

Page 547-550


Ciguatera neurotoxin poisoning mimicking burning mouth syndrome
Heir, Gary M.
Burning mouth syndrome is a condition in which the patient perceives a sensation of intraoral burning, typically of the anterior tongue. This article presents a case report of a patient presenting for orofacial pain evaluation in whom ciguatera neurotoxin poisoning is diagnosed. The clinician should be aware of neurotoxin poisoning as a possible cause of symptoms of burning mouth, especially among patients who have recently traveled to a tropical area. Recognition of this condition in this case highlights the need for a detailed and accurate patient history.

Keywords: burning mouth syndrome, ciguatera neurotoxin poisoning