Rendu-Osler-Weber disease, also known as hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), is an autosomal dominant inherited disorder characterized by an aberrant vascular development. The reported prevalence is approximately 1 per 5,000-10,000. The clinical manifestations consist of recurrent spontaneous nosebleeds, telangiectasias characteristically at the lips, oral cavity, fingers, and nose, and visceral arteriovenous malformations. Timely recognition of this syndrome makes screening for complications, preventive measurements, and genetic counselling possible. The important role of the dental profession in the recognition of this genetic disease is emphasized. In addition, a brief overview of the current literature is presented.
|Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology Oral Radiology and Endodontology
|Published - 2008