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causes of hairy leukoplakia

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. steven Present
42 years experience Dentistry
EBV: Hairy leukoplakia is associated with epstein-barr viral infection. In many cases the patient has a defect in their immune system.

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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Hairy Leukoplakia: Hairy Leukoplakia occurs in immunocompromised patients. If you think you have this condition see a doctor for an exam and diagnosis.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Quon
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
May appear like it: Yeast infections or candidiasis, also referred to as thrush can certainly appear like hairy leukoplakia. Your dentist or health care provider can per ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Unrelated to EBV: Oral thrush, the overgrowth of candida albicans in the mouth, results when the host immune system can’t maintain its natural defense against the fun ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Bornfeld
44 years experience Dentistry
Context is important: Hairy leukoplakia appears as a white, adherent thickening, usually located on the side of the tongue, but occasionally elsewhere on the tongue, on the ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Hairy Leukoplakia: Primary cause may be epstein-barr virus (ebv), although excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, chewing tobacco, chronic irritation, combination of th ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
38 years experience Dentistry
Different: Hlp is a variant of leukoplakia and is seen in HIV positive people. Leukoplakia is caused by the epstein barr virus.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Biopsy: Leukoplakia is clinically a "white patch". It must be biopsied to deterimine if it is harmless, or pre-malignant or malignant. A biop "hairy" leukopl ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Majid Jamali
25 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Tongue lesions: Hairy leukoplakia is "hairy" in nature, caused by virus and has an underlying disease like hiv. It can not be rubbed off. Leukoplakia is a white les ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Banner
47 years experience Dentistry
White area & tongue: Leukoplakia means white plaque or patch. It can occur any where in the mouth. Hairy leukoplakia is specific to the fuzzy areas on the tongue and can b ... Read More
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