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Leukoplakia
Created by udent on 2/2/2008 12:00:00 AM

Leukoplakia is a clinical term for a white oral tissue that cannot be rubbed or diagnosed as another disease. Even that leukoplakia considered as a precancerous lesion, but in most cases it is not.


What is Leukoplakia?

Leukoplakia is a clinical term for a white oral tissue that cannot be rubbed or diagnosed as another disease. Even that leukoplakia considered as a precancerous lesion, but in most cases it is not.

What cause leukoplakia?

  • Tobacco in smoked or smokeless forms.
  • Alcohol abuse.
  • Trauma to the tissues.
  • Some form of oral fungus (candida albicans infection).
  • Iron deficiency anemia.

       


Treatment:

  • First step is eliminating all factors or habits that might be related to the lesion.
  • Biopsy is required to check the lesion under a microscope.
  • Surgery might be required in extensive cases of leukoplakia.
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