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Evaluation and Management of Orofacial Pain | Keep them Breathing: Cystic Fibrosis Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment.
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Evaluation and Management of Orofacial Pain

Stephanie Joseph Gilkey, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA; Francisco Plaza-Villegas, DDS, MS

Challenging to diagnose and manage, orofacial pain is a common and costly problem with a profound effect on quality of life. Delayed diagnosis and management can lead to prolonged patient suffering and disability. This activity describes the background, assessment, differential diagnosis, management, and referral of patients with orofacial pain.



Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the anatomical locations and pathophysiology for origins of orofacial pain.
  • Describe the relevant history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests recommended for thoroughly assessing orofacial pain.
  • Discuss causes of orofacial pain that carry high morbidity and mortality.
  • Propose management strategies to treat multiple causes of orofacial pain.


Keep Them Breathing: Cystic Fibrosis Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Sheena D. Brown, PhD, MSCR; Rachel White, MMSc, PA-C; Phil Tobin, DHSc, PA-C

Cystic fibrosis (CF) affects more than 30,000 people in the United States and 80,000 people worldwide. This life-threatening genetic disorder causes a buildup of thick, viscous mucus secretions in various organ systems, most commonly the gastrointestinal, pulmonary, and genitourinary systems. This activity reviews the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and monitoring of patients with CF as well as guidelines for management and emerging pharmacologic treatments.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and complications of CF.
  • Explain algorithms for newborn screening for CF.
  • Discuss available treatment options for patients with CF.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credit. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Approval is valid through May 31, 2018. 

Disclosure Policy Statement

It is the policy of AAPA to require the disclosure of the existence of any significant financial interest or any other relationship a faculty member has with the commercial interest of any commercial product discussed in an educational presentation. The participating faculty reported the following:

Stephanie Joseph Gilkey is an assistant professor in the PA program at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. Francisco Plaza-Villegas is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Dentistry and Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Mich. Sheena D. Brown is a clinical assistant professor at Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga. Rachel White practices at Precision Bone and Joint in Austin, Tex. Phil Tobin is director and an associate professor in the PA program at Touro University Nevada. The authors has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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Type:     Journal-based CME
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