one last one on WASTED GUMS
Sep 26, 2003
Ok last question of gums and wasting:
If a patient reports unexplained weight loss and visible shrinkage of the body (not height - just mass) and simultaneously notices recession of the gums around the teeth - all in a matter of a few days, and in the absence of diarrhea, what would be your suspicion? If blood work showed nothing, would you have to assume this is body-dysmorphia?
Response from Dr. Boyle
No, if all this occurred in a few days I would not. Body shape changes occur overf month and years, not days. You should see your doctor or a dentist for an evaluation.
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