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Case Reports in Psychiatry
Volume 2014, Article ID 405106, 3 pages
Case Report

Suicidal Behavior in a Patient with Burning Mouth Syndrome

11st Department of Psychiatry, Athens University Medical School, Eginition Hospital, 115 28 Athens, Greece
2University Research Institute of Mental Health, 11527 Athens, Greece
3Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Faculty of Nursing, University of Athens, 11527 Athens, Greece
41st University Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Hippokration Hospital, Athens University, 11527 Athens, Greece

Received 17 June 2014; Accepted 17 August 2014; Published 26 August 2014

Academic Editor: Thomas Frodl

Copyright © 2014 Konstantinos Kontoangelos et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Chronic pain of the oral cavity is a long-term condition and like all other types of chronic pain is associated with numerous comorbidities such as depression or anxiety. Case Presentation. This is a case of a 93-year-old patient suffering from chronic oral cavity pain who repeatedly stabbed his palate due to ongoing local pain, over the last few months, which he could not further tolerate. The patient was suffering from depression and also a diagnosis of “burning mouth syndrome” (BMS) was made. Discussion. Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is characterized by a burning sensation in the tongue or other oral sites. BMS has high psychiatric comorbidity but can occur in the absence of psychiatric diagnosis. Patients with multiple forms of pain must be considered as potential candidates for underdiagnosed depression (major) and suicidal thoughts.