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Diagnosis versus detection of caries.
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PMID:  15153688     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Caries diagnosis is the art or act of identifying a disease from its signs and symptoms. This is distinct from the detection of the signs and symptoms themselves. The diagnosis forms the basis for making informed treatment decisions. Hence, if there is no diagnostic step expressed in terms of the probability of present and future occurrence of disease, practitioners may resort to treatments guided by previous experiences with similar clinical manifestations. This paper reviews various methodological aspects of caries diagnostic testing. It is concluded that rather than continuing to search for the truth of the diagnosis, it may be more informative to consider the consequences of the diagnosis. This view is supported by results from caries-preventive trials in which the activity of carious lesions has been monitored longitudinally over years.
B Nyvad
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Caries research     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0008-6568     ISO Abbreviation:  Caries Res.     Publication Date:    2004 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-05-21     Completed Date:  2004-06-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0103374     Medline TA:  Caries Res     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  192-8     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel
School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Decision Trees
Dental Caries / diagnosis*
Dental Caries Activity Tests*
Reproducibility of Results

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