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  1. Department of Pedodontics How to reach a diagnosis in pediatric patients..? Prepared by (4th batch) Aneesha Abdu

  2. What is case history? • It is a classic form of documentation ranges from clinical sketches to highly detailed and extended accounts that help in arriving at a diagnosis and formulation of treatment plan of a person before treatment • Steps in case history taking • Step 1;assemble all the available facts gathered from chief complaint, medical history, dental history ,diagnostic tests and investigations • Step 2:analyse and interpret the assembled clues to reach the provisional diagnosis • Step3 :make a differential diagnosis of all possible complications • Step4 ;select a closest possible choice-final diagnosis


  4. Guidelines for taking case history; • Questions should be open ended (encourage a detailed explanation). No ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions • Avoid leading questions • Infants under 5yrs parent is interviewed • The questions should be clear and should touch various aspects of the disease • Symptoms are described by patient should record in his own words • Doctor should be an empathetic listener NB: Behavior Shaping of pedo patient should be started from case history taking or even before

  5. Consent • Esp. in pediatric patients a written consent is a must to get adequate information about the case and to escape from medico legal complications


  7. Case history taking; 1)VITAL STATISTICS; a) date;-time of admission reference during follow up visits b) out patient number;-maintaining a record, billing , medico legal considerations c) name:-to communicate with the patient -to establish a rapport with the patient d) age:- chronological age (date of birth) should be noted to know whether growth and development is normal or not -occurrence of certain diseases correlated with age eg; primary herpetic gingivostomatitis(6months to 6years) nursing caries-pre schoolers -behavior management techniques also varry according to age

  8. e) sex;-girls mature earlier than boys-require treatment earlier -some diseases shows sex predilection eg: anorexia-females hemophilia -males f) race/ethnic origin:-certain religious cultures depends the etiology of certain diseases. g) school/class:-to communicate with teacher -to know the IQ level h) address;-communication -to chart out appointments for patients from distant places -to know endemic status of disease in the locality i] socio economic status-to know about the nourishment, hygiene, $ payment capacity of the patient

  9. 2)Chief complaint: • Always record in patient’s own words • Mention only the chief problem of the present day in the order of severity • Follow the chronological order 3)History of the present illness;-it should indicate the severity and urgency of the problem • detailed history of the chief complaint-eg; dental pain -quality,-dull, sharp ;throbbing ,constant -quantity, severity, and frequency -location-localized ,diffuse ,referred, radiating. -duration of complaint -onset; spontaneous, on stimulation, intermittent -Aggravated by: cold, heat, palpation, percussion - Relieved by ;cold, heat, any medication ,sleep


  11. 4)Medical history • Check list of medical history-by Scully and Cawson -Anemia -Bleeding disorders -Cardio respiratory disorders -Drug treatment and allergies -Endocrine disorders -Fits and faints -Gastrointestinal disorders -Hospital admissions and surgeries -Infections -Jaundice -Kidney disease antibiotic prophylaxis needed in case of bacterial endocarditis

  12. 5)Past dental history • History of dental treatment undergone by the patient ,along with patients experience before, during and after the dental treatment • History of complications experienced by the patient 6)Family history • To know about parental attitude towards the child and towards the dental treatment • Presence of genetic / inherited abnormalities 7)Personal history • Prenatal history: maternal history of nourishment, usage of drugs etc eg; tetracycline staining of teeth phenytoin sodium –cleft lips in child • Natal history: birth injuries –forceps delivery premature baby, low birth weight baby neonatal jaundice-due to rapid destruction of immature RBCs in liver Rh incompatibility –rh+ father and Rh –ive mother

  13. Post natal history: -type of feeding-bottle or breast feeding -vaccination -presence of any habit along with its onset, duration ,frequency and intensity should be noted-mouth breathing, thumb sucking ,tongue thrusting etc Nail biting Tongue thrusting Mouth breathing

  14. -behavioral status-co-operative or not -diet chart -physical and emotional development of the child. -oral hygiene status of the child-type, method and frequency of brushing

  15. GENERAL EXAMINATION 8)General examination: analyze while child entering the clinic built, height ,gait, and posture should be noted nourishment of the child vital signs like temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate should be noted body type-ectomorphic (lean),mesomorphic (normal), endomorphic (obese)


  17. 9)Extra oral examination • Shape of head- mesocephalic (oval), brachycephalic (short and broad), dolicocephalic (long ,thin ,tapering) • facial form –straight, convex (class II), Concave (class III) • facial symmetry –bilaterally symmetrical/asymmetrical • Lip competency-competent/incompetent • Soft tissue-color ,contour, consistency, temperature ,size ,extend and shape • TMJ-clicking ,deviation ,pain , crepitation should be noted while jaw movements • Lymphnodes : size, shape, consistency, number, tender on palpation, mobility should be noted • Salivary glands- Submandibular gland-bimanual palpation

  18. SALIVARY GLAND Lymph nodes


  20. 10)Intra oral examination • A) soft tissue examination -lips-sinus ,fistula ,ulcers, bite marks -mucosa-(buccal, alveolar, labial); ulcerations, color, consistency ,koplik’s spots in measles ,white lesions, trauma etc -hard and soft palate:-developmental anomalies,lesions, systemic disorders, growths etc -gingiva- color, contour, consistancy ,size, shape, resiliency, exudation etc -Toungue- growth, developmental anomalies, ulcers and lesions, speech pattern ,trauma -floor of the mouth-ulcers and lesions, growth etc -tonsils and adenoids:-inflammatory enlargements -salivary orifice-flow of saliva,inflammation,exudation

  21. b) Hard tissue examination • Oral hygiene status • Restorations-fractures or failures, over extensions. • Dental caries • Missing teeth • Discolorations, • regressive alterations-attrition ,abrasions, erosions • Periodontal status-bleeding from gums ,mobility (grade I-Slight, II-Moderate mobility within a range of 1 mm, III-Extensive movement more than 1mm both mesiodistal and vertical) recession ,furcation involvement etc • Class of malocclusion • Crowding, rotations, space loss • Pulpal diseases • Eruption status and development of jaws and teeth • Retained deciduous teeth etc

  22. Faulty restorations Pulpal diseases Periodontal diseases Occlusal discrepancies spacing Dental caries

  23. 11)Provisional diagnosis • A general diagnosis based on the clinical impression without any lab. Investigations 12)Differential diagnosis The process of listing out of 2 or more diseases having similar signs and symptoms of which only one could be attributed to the patient’s suffering 13)Investigations radiographs, biopsy, $ other tests 14)Final diagnosis A confirmed diagnosis based on all available data.


  25. Treatment plan • A) systemic phase; stabilize the medical condition if any, antibiotic prophylaxis, sedation, consent • B) preventive phase: caries risk assessment, personal oral hygiene, flouride application, pit and fissure sealant, diet counseling • C) preparatory phase: behavior management, oral prophylaxis, caries control, orthodontic consultation, oral surgical procedure (extractions) ,endodontic therapy • D) corrective phase: restorative dentistry-permanent fillings, stainless steel crowns prosthetic rehabilitation-tooth replacements ,jacket crowns early orthodontic intervention;-minor tooth movements,serial extraction, space management

  26. E) Maintanance phase;3-6 month recalls -review check up of oral health indices -repeat caries activity tests -reinforcement of home care measures -motivation and re-counseling of the parent -follow up of treatment procedures “Chances only favors trained mind “ Louis Pasture

  27. Bibliography • Text books of pedodontics- Shoba tandon -Damlae -Pinkham • Text book of pediatric operative dentistry-Kennedy • text book of oral medicine-Burkette • Carranza’s periodontology • Text book of endodontics-Grossman -Nisha garg

  28. Thank you….!