Ligneous periodontal lesions in a young child with severe plasminogen deficiency: A case report

A. Galeotti, R. Uomo, V. D'Antò, R. Valletta, A. C. Vittucci, M. Macchiaiolo, A. Bartuli

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Background: Ligneous periodontitis or gingivitis is a rare periodontal disorder, secondary to plasminogen deficiency, characterised by nodular gingival enlargements and progressive destructive membranous periodontal disease. Case Report We describe the early and successful dental management of a case of ligneous gingivitis secondary to plasminogen deficiency in a 6-year-old girl. The patient was referred because of a nodular asymptomatic gingival hypertrophy with ulceration around the eruption site of tooth 36, without any detectable tooth mobility. After non-surgical management of the lesion and strict follow-up, the first molar erupted completely, with no signs of bone and periodontal disease. Conclusion: Ulcerated periodontal lesions could represent the fi{ligature}rst signs of plasminogen deficiency. The early treatment is essential in preventing infections and the onset of a destructive periodontitis. The paediatric dentist may play a key role in early diagnosis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-214
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Gingival hypertrophy
  • Ligneous periodontitis
  • Plasminogen deficiency
  • Ulceration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Medicine(all)


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