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Leukoplakia

A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
37 years experience in Dentistry
White patch: Leukoplakia is a medical term for a flat white lesion on the mucous membranes of the mouth (but possibly elsewhere also). They are not easily scraped ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
29 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Not by itself: By itself leukoplakia is not lethal. In many cases it can lead to oral cancer which needs to be treated early and appropriately. Oral cancers can prov ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Sampson
25 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Uncommon: But not rare. It is just a thickening of the mucosa due to some type of irritation, whether it be mechanical or chemical.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
No: Leukoplakia is not transmissable.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Camacho
23 years experience in Family Medicine
Leukoplakia: Leukoplakia in an inflammatory cellular response related to the involved tissue being exposed to some caustic substance like smoke or chew. It may of ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
38 years experience in Dentistry
Different: Hlp is a variant of leukoplakia and is seen in HIV positive people. Leukoplakia is caused by the epstein barr virus.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Asseff
27 years experience in Dentistry
No : Leukoplakia is not a disease but a description of an affected area in your mouth.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience in 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 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: No, but if you truly have oral hairy leukoplakia (and not just a white coated tongue), then you should be tested for hiv. Then again, everyone should ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
32 years experience in Cosmetic Dentistry
Not in and of itself: Leukoplakia is an overgrowth of the top layer of the skin or mucous membrane. Similar to a callous, it occurs due to chronic irritation, quite frequen ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Alper
20 years experience in Dentistry
It might. : Leukoplakia is usually non-cancerous, but studies show that 5-25% of the time leukoplakias are premalignant. Meaning if not treated they could turn c ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
29 years experience in Periodontics
See Dentist: Make sure you know what you are dealing with. If this lesion hasn't been biopsied and given a diagnosis, that may be the first place to begin. White ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Camacho
23 years experience in Family Medicine
Leukoplakia: Leukoplakia in an inflammatory cellular response related to the involved tissue being exposed to some caustic substance like smoke or chew. It may of ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Beck
10 years experience in Dentistry
Usually: Leukoplakia by definition is a white patch inside the mouth. It could be any number of things from candidiasis to frictional keratosis (rubbing basic ... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
Oral Surgeon consult: Since we didn't see, diagnose or biopsy the site in question and since we can't know for sure what was in that "dental paste", the only thing that we ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Charmoy
35 years experience in Dentistry
Terms interchangeabl: Yhe words can be used interchangeable . They are white patches or spots that occur on the mucosa , tongue. Cheek, vuvla, and penis. It is also know as ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sri Sundararaman
27 years experience in Radiation Oncology
No: If truly solitary and path shows changes like lichen planus, this is a benign entity. Biopsy or excision of entire lesion is often considered.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
44 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
White Patch: Leukoplakia simply means a white patch. There are many different conditions that present as leukoplakia. The causes, symptoms and treatment depend on ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
38 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Mouth: You need to have it biopsied to check it out. Depending on the biopsy, your doctor will plan treatment
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Patterson
42 years experience in Family Medicine
Leuko/Erythroplakia: I have attached links to 2 really thorough articles on both of these topics- http://tinyurl.Com/3sbuyyf http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/erythroplakia.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Where and cause: Leukoplakia, white patches, occur in various mucous membranes and have different eitologies. Leukoplakia may be a precusor of more severe disese, inc ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: Candida sp. The causative organisms in thrush are normal oral flora. Thrush occurs when the normal balance is disturbed by taking antibiotics and all ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Majid Jamali
25 years experience in 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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Nail
10 years experience in Dentistry
Leukoplakia: I am not an MD but Leukoplakia is a characteristic of tissue (meaning white patch). What this from a Pap smear? If so they probably described the tiss ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Quon
41 years experience in 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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
29 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Can be pre-cancerous: Leukoplakia is a thickening of the lining of the mouth tissues and is due to reaction from local irritation or inflammation and is common in tobacco u ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience in General Surgery
No: It is a benign condition frequenly seen in elderly people.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Lichen planus: Nobody knows what the exact causes of lichen planus are. We know it can be triggered by taking certain medications, including thiazide diuretics, anti ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Rarely: Lichen planus, an autoimmune disease, may lead to oral cancer in rare cases. If you notice a change in the pattern or your lesions, or worsening of sy ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
44 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Depends: Leukoplakia simply means a white patch. It has to be biopsied to make a definitive diagnosis and to know what you are dealing with.
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