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Riga-Fede disease (Cardarelli’s aphthae): A report of nine cases

RaviPrakash Sasankoti Mohan, Sankalp Verma, Navneet Gill, Udita Singh


We report nine cases of traumatic oral mucosal lesions (Riga-Fede disease or Cardarelli’s aphthae) caused by natal teeth, and provide a brief review of the literature. Seven patients were treated with a conservative approach involving grinding of the sharp incisal edges, while extraction of the offending teeth was considered necessary in the other two cases. Triamcinolone was applied in all nine cases. At follow-up, all the lesions were healing and the infants had resumed painless feeding.

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RaviPrakash Sasankoti Mohan, Subharti Dental College, Meerut, India

Sankalp Verma, Kothiwal Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, India

Navneet Gill, College of Dental Sciences, Bopal, Ahmedabad, India

Udita Singh, Kothiwal Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, India

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Mucosal lesion; trauma; natal teeth; Riga-Fede disease; Cardarelli’s aphthae

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South African Journal of Child Health 2014;8(2):72-74. DOI:10.7196/SAJCH.636

Article History

Date submitted: 2013-07-12
Date published: 2014-02-05

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