Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Oral Pathology Review and Update

Presenter: Kurt F. Summersgill, DDS, PhD



This presentation will cover just about everything in oral pathology except the kitchen sink. One section will be “Derm for Dentists”, as we should be looking at the patient as a whole before we dive into the oral cavity. Another section discusses white lesions of the oral cavity: Which ones are potentially malignant? We’ll include an audience participation pathology game in there somewhere, as well. The course will also serve as a refresher for common oral lesions, presented in a clinicopathologic conference format, along with management. We will also present recently-described lesions and conditions, or lesions whose status has changed. These will include proliferative verrucous leukoplakia (PVL), OKC vs. KCOT, GOC, and localized juvenile spongiotic gingival hyperplasia (LJSGH).

Dr. Summersgill welcomes submission of your own patients’ clinical photographs or imaging (de-identified) for discussion of a differential diagnosis and management. It’s a free consult! You can submit those documents to


At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • list common skin lesions;
  • define “potentially-malignant”;
  • identify which white lesions have the greatest risk of progressing to cancer;
  • create a reasonable differential diagnosis for oral white lesions;
  • refresh their memory of pathologic entities they learned about in training, and might see in their own practice;
  • identify newly described lesions in their own patients;
  • manage oral mucosal conditions;
  • know how and where to refer oral medicine/clinical oral pathology patients
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