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what is leukoplakia

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
37 years experience 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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Dr. David Schneider
37 years experience Dentistry
White lesion: An area of increased or thickening of the skin at the site. It must be monitored and possibly biopsied to make certain that it is benign. Areas of l ... Read More
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Reference Site: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002041/.

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Oral cancer: Leukoplakia is white chalky like substance in oral cavity which can lead to oral cancer.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
43 years experience Endodontics
White patch: It can be a precursor to squamous cell carcinomas.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Reference Site: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002041/.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Nail
10 years experience 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
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Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Cervical leukoplakia: is a condition in which thick, white patches form on the cervix. It should be always biopsied to rule out high-grade CIN or malignancy.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Charmoy
35 years experience 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 33-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 47-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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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Slootsky
Specializes in Dentistry
Leukoplakia meds: Leukoplakia is a white patch. It sometimes needs to be biopsied if it does not go away in 3 weeks. It can be from biting or irritating the cheek. I ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
29 years experience 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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Sampson
25 years experience 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 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No: Leukoplakia is not transmissable.
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