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Title: Talisman in the orofacial region
Authors: Loh, F.C. 
Yeo, J.F. 
Issue Date: 1989
Citation: Loh, F.C.,Yeo, J.F. (1989). Talisman in the orofacial region. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology 68 (3) : 252-255. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Among the various traditional beliefs and practices of the peoples of the Southeast Asia region is the practice of inserting talismans under the skin in various parts of the human body. In the orofacial region, these talismans (also called charm needles or charm pins) are also seen, usually as incidental radiographic findings. These talismans are believed to enhance the beauty of the wearers, as well as to provide protection to the wearers against harm. It is also believed that they could help the wearer obtain favorable business deals inasmuch as they are believed to have a "spell-like" influence on the business counterparts. In the present series, 67% of the patients are female and 66% of them are Muslim. Very little is known about the possible ill effects of these talismans because there is no report of these radiographic findings in major dental journals. In the present series of 12 cases representing a total of 65 talismans, only one talisman was surgically removed. We believe that generally no definitive treatment is required. However, we believe that the existence of these talismans should be made known so that they will not be misdiagnosed and mismanaged. © 1989.
Source Title: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology
ISSN: 00304220
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