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A Tale of Two Hygienists Podcast

Mar 7, 2022

On this week’s episode of Fast Facts - Perio Edition, Katrina Sanders, we are continuing the conversation around periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic disease discussing patients that present with Cohen Syndrome. Katrina highlights cardinal signs to look for, and complications associated with this syndrome. 


“One of the key Cardinal signs of Cohen Syndrome that we really do get concerned about is that these individuals as a component of their disorder will have low white blood cell levels or neutropenia.”

“Oftentimes when we see individuals who have that shortened filtrum and then prominent and central incisors, these individuals will also have a resting open mouth position. And so because of that, we can absolutely see some challenges associated with dry mouth, etcetera.”

“Oftentimes we will see that family members within this patient's circle will also have one, a few, several or maybe all of the characterizations of Cohen Syndrome.”



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