A 70-Year-Old Woman With Oral Pain and Otalgia

Author: Barbara Ann Burtness, MD

Chief Complaint

H.R. is a 70-year-old woman who presented to her dentist with a 2-year history of ill-fitting dentures and oral discomfort, and right-sided otalgia (Slide 1).

Relevant History

• H.R. experienced a 20lb weight loss, attributed to pain with eating.
• Past medical history was notable for sarcoidosis and hypertension.
• She gave a 30-pack year cigarette smoking history and ...