Leukoplakia

Leukoplakia

Leukoplakia is a precancerous lesion seen in oral cavity most commonly related to smoking and smokeless tobacco habits and alcohol. In mouth leukoplakia appears as white patch which cannot be removed by scrapping. Sometimes, this white area is also associated with red component.

Symptoms

This lesion is generally asymptomatic, but if associated with fungal infection can cause burning sensation. There is a risk of it developing into cancer Biopsy may sometimes be required to rule out cancer.

Line of management- Stopping of all tobacco and alcohol habits, oral prophylaxis is essential along with regular followup.

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