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Mouth pain and cheek numbness
  1. Winton Chong1,
  2. Muhammad Syafiq Hilmi Musa2,
  3. Vickram Sugumaran2
  1. 1 Otorhinolaryngology, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  2. 2 Otorhinolaryngology, Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Winton Chong, Otorhinolaryngology, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia; winton_chong{at}

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Clinical introduction

A 54-year-old female presented to the outpatient department with a worsening oral ulcer on the left side of the hard palate of 2 days’ duration. She described the pain as burning with an associated numbness around the ipsilateral upper lip and cheek. She is otherwise in good health and previously had no similar symptoms.

The patient was afebrile with stable vital signs. Head and neck examination revealed hypoesthesia on the left upper lip and cheek region, and there were no skin lesions. …

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  • Contributors WC is the corresponding author and was responsible for drafting, analysis, editing and approving the final manuscript. MSHM and VS were involved in drafting and analysis of the study.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.