The use of oral and maxillofacial pathology services by general pathologists and their attitude towards it in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Med J. 2017 Aug;38(8):857-862. doi: 10.15537/smj.2017.8.18084.


To investigate the awareness and usage of oral and maxillofacial pathology (OMFP) subspecialty services among pathologists in Saudi Arabia. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, we conducted an electronic questionnaire survey of pathologists in all regions of Saudi Arabia. The study was conducted between July 2015 and August 2016. The questionnaire comprised 19 questions to evaluate the knowledge of pathologists regarding microscopic OMFP and their perceptions towards this subspecialty. Results: Most of the pathologists surveyed (94.6%) were aware of the OMFP subspecialty and its scope of practice. Although most of the pathologists recognized the importance and need of this subspecialty, 70% of them never referred or consulted an oral pathologist as they either diagnosed the cases themselves or did not know any oral pathologist (57.7%). The pathologists had the greatest difficulty in identifying and diagnosing odontogenic tumors, salivary gland tumors, and odontogenic cysts. Conclusion: Pathologists are aware of the OMFP subspecialty, but their utilization of the services offered by OMFP specialists in Saudi Arabia is quite low despite the strong demand for OMFP services.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Face / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maxilla / pathology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Mouth / pathology*
  • Pathologists / psychology*
  • Pathology, Oral*
  • Saudi Arabia