Sutton disease 2 is a condition that mainly involves inflamed open sores in the mouth. These sores are also called canker sores or ulcers. The sores can come in many different sizes. The most common locations for these sores are the tongue, cheeks, back of the throat, and floor of the mouth. The sores can either appear as single sores in different locations, or as clusters in the same location. The sores are recurring, and usually involve 2 to 3 sores at a time. Smaller sores may only last 10 days, while more severe ones can last several months.
The cause of Sutton disease 2 has not been determined, but may be the result of an abnormal immune system response to normal bacteria in the mouth. There are many risk factors that are linked to the development of the condition. Some factors that may increase risk for Sutton disease 2 include trauma to the mouth, experiencing a lot of stress, and not getting enough iron, vitamin B12, or folic acid. About half of individuals with Sutton disease 2 also have a family history of the condition which means there might be a specific gene involved.
Normally, Sutton disease 2 is diagnosed clinically by dentists or professionals in oral medicine. There are not any procedures or tests that are done to make a definite diagnosis. Treatment of the condition usually involves using an anesthetic, which helps to numb the area where the sores are and helps get rid of the pain and inflammation (swelling). Special types of solutions, steroids, antibiotics, protective pastes, and mouth rinses may also be used in order to help get rid of the sores more quickly. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Sutton disease 2, talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also good resources of support and information.
Description Last Updated: Feb 15, 2018