Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology

: 2014  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-

Dengue and acute gingival bleeding

Beuy Joob1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 Department of Medical Science, Sanittion 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Biological Science, Joseph Ayobabalola University, Osun State, Nigeria

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Beuy Joob
Sanittion 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Dengue and acute gingival bleeding.J Indian Soc Periodontol 2014;18:4-4

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Dengue and acute gingival bleeding. J Indian Soc Periodontol [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Sep 24 ];18:4-4
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The recent report on dengue and acute gingival bleeding is very interesting. [1] Khan et al. reported a case presenting with acute gingival bleeding with a history of fever, weakness, backache, retro orbital pain and ecchymosis over his right arm. [1] In fact, the present case showed many bleeding presentations. Gingival is only a sign indicating hemorrhagic complication. Based on our previous experience, there are several uncommon bleeding presentations in dengue, [2] which can be seen without fever and this leads to the difficulty in diagnosis. [3] Focusing on gingival bleeding, Murillo-Llanes et al. reported that this presentation was associated with thrombocytopenia below 39,000/mm. [4] As Khan et al. noted, [1] dengue should be included in the differential diagnosis of any patient presenting with gingival bleeding, either with or without fever. Also, gingival bleeding should be looked for in patients with dengue since it can be a good early sign for predicting severe thrombocytopenia. [5]


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