Diagnostic Detectives: Catching Common Culprits and Spotting a Mimic in Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology

Presented by: Dr. Kristina Perschbacher and Dr. Susanne Perschbacher

RCDSO Expiry Date: June 30, 2022

To qualify as a Core Category 1 course, the course certificate must be issued no later than this date.

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  • Dr. Kristina Perschbacher B.SC., D.D.S., M.SC., F.R.C.D.(C)

    Lecturer, Faculty of Dentistry

    Dr. Kristina Perschbacher is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentistry of Canada and a member of the Canadian and American Academy of Oral Pathology. She has presented her research at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology meeting in San Diego, California. The majority of Dr. Perschbacher’s time is spent seeing patients in private Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine practice at Credit Valley Oral Surgery. She also teaches in the undergraduate oral pathology and postgraduate oral radiology programs at the University of Toronto. Dr. Perschbacher is an oral examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

  • Dr. Susanne Perschbacher D.D.S. M.SC., DIP. A.B.O.M.R., F.R.C.D (C)

    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry

    Dr. Susanne Perschbacher received her DDS at the University of Western Ontario and completed her specialty training and MSc in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Susanne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology, University of Toronto, where she teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. She also works in a private radiology practice in Toronto.

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Improve your oral pathology detective skills! Through case presentation and real-life examples, this lecture will review the clinical and radiologic features of the most common sources of diagnostic uncertainty, in contrast to the key characteristics of rarer diseases that may mimic them. In addition, situations will be highlighted when clues from the patient’s history are key to making the diagnosis. Participants will feel more prepared to catch common culprits and spot a mimic when faced with abnormalities of the jaws and oral cavity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Reviews clinical and radiologic assessment of pathology of the oral cavity.
  • Reviews the important questions to ask when “profiling” a patient for risk factors.
  • Presents a systematic approach to radiologic interpretation of an abnormality.
  • Presents practical tips to aid in the recognition of key features that distinguish various pathologies of the jaws.
  • Highlights situations when further investigation is needed and radiologic assessment of pathology of the oral cavity.