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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 154-156

Hidrotic ectodermal dysplasia in a 40-year-old female patient

1 Department of Anatomy and Histology, School of Medicine, Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS); Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, South Africa
2 Restorative Dentistry, School of Medicine, Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS); Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, South Africa

Correspondence Address:
F M Fabian
Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS), P.O Box - 65482, Dar es Salaam Tanzania
South Africa
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.29368

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BACKGROUND: Hidrotic ectodermal dysplasia presents with anomalies such as enamel hypoplasia, hypodontia and facial dysmorphy. In the developed world diagnosis is done during childhood, but in the developing countries patients fail to report for various reasons. Continued documentation of such conditions therefore remains important in oral health. AIM: To report a case of hidrotic ectodermal dysplasis that was successfully treated with removable dentures. FINDINGS: This patient was assessed clinically and by the use of X-ray. The patient presented with mild dysmorphy, severe enamel hypoplasia and hypodontia. The radiograph revealed retained teeth at different stages of development. DISCUSSION: The patient was disturbed by her appearance and pain that prompted her to seek medical attention. Such cases may exist in society but probably resort to traditional healers thus remains undocumented. CONCLUSION: Oral health education is important to bring awareness regarding different conditions of the orofacial region and the importance of seeking medical attention.

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