9: Referral for specialist advice

9

Referral for specialist advice

Clinicians should endeavour to recognize the early signs of serious disease and to direct the patient to the appropriate specialist for a second opinion, including results of any relevant investigations.

Patients who may benefit from specialist referral include those where there is:

• a possibly complex or serious diagnosis (e.g. cancer, pemphigus, HIV/AIDS Behçet disease, Crohn disease)
• a doubtful diagnosis
• extraoral involvement or possible systemic disease
• investigations required, but not possible, or appropriate to carry out, in primary care
• a situation where therapy may not be straightforward and may require complex agents
• a situation where drug use needs to be monitored with laboratory or other testing
• a patient who needs repeated access to an informed opinion, outside normal working hours.

Essential details of a referral letter include the following:

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Jan 12, 2015 | Posted by in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology | Comments Off on 9: Referral for specialist advice
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