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When in Doubt…A Clinical Case Presentation


Dr. Erin Watson joined me on CDA Oasis to share an interesting case. She speaks about the following: when presented with a case that leaves you in doubt, it is always good to check: either through consultation with colleagues or clinical testing. 

Dr. Erin Watson is a general dentist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. She treats oncology patients that present with challenging clinical treatment options. We are grateful for her willingness and effort to share her knowledge and expertise.   

I hope you find the information useful. Let us know if you’ve had a similar case and how you managed it; or if you have been in doubt and what have you done about it. Be the one to start the conversation!

We always welcome your feedback, questions, and suggestions at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca 

Until next Time

Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager


This case is about a male patient who presented with an abnormal lesion in the mouth that had previously been removed in total and had not been submitted for histopathological review to confirm the diagnosis. If you encounter a similar case, a patient with a soft tissue lesion and radiographic changes, this should be considered to be a malignancy until proven otherwise; and it is most appropriate to take an incisional biopsy and to send the lesion for histopathological confirmation, or refer to a specialist like an oral pathologist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon to obtain a diagnosis. This is particularly true in patients with a significant past medical history where your index of suspicion should be quite high. Finally, when presenting a patient with positive biopsy results, prepare a plan and next steps for the patient.

Oasis Moment – Take Away Messages (2.20″)


Full Case Presentation (9.32″)

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