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Potentially Malignant Oral Lesions

Potentially Malignant Oral Lesions

WHO classified potentially malignant diseases of oral cavity as follows.

Common disorders

  • Leukoplakia
  • Oral Submucous Fibrosis
  • Lichen Planus
  • Erythroplakia
  • Palatal Lesions In Reverse Smokers
  • Actinic Cheilitis

Rare Disorders

  • Fanconi’s Anaemia
  • Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
  • Dyskeratosis Congenita
  • Xerderma Pigmentosum

Common line of management

  • These potentially malignant disorders have the risk of turning into cancer.
  • They are commonly associated with habits of smoking and smokeless tobacco, betel nut, gutka and alcohol
  • Stopping all harmful habits is the most important preventive strategy
  • They require treatment, sometimes biopsy, monitoring and regular followup with a specialist.

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