A 33-year-old member asked:
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is leukoplakia deadly?

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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
32 years experience 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 frequently found in smokers. It is called a "precancerous" lesion for it has been noted that some (not all) of these area will turn cancerous. I would strongly recommend an examination and possible biopsy if you haven't done so already. If you smoke, stop!
Answered on Feb 24, 2018
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
43 years experience Endodontics
No in itself: There are many causes of white plaque, or leukoplakia.. Over time and depending on cause, some of these can become squamous cell cancer.
Answered on Apr 29, 2015
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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Reference Site: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002041/.
Answered on Mar 10, 2016
Dr. Seth Black
43 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Maybe: A disorder of a mucous membrane characterized by one or more white patches, occurring most commonly on the cheek, tongue, vulva, or penis: often medically insignificant but sometimes becoming malignant. A biopsy is necessary to make a definitive diagnosis.
Answered on Sep 26, 2019
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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. 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 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No: Leukoplakia is not transmissable.
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Dr. Jonathan Engel
38 years experience Dentistry
White lesions: Leukoplakia arewhite lesions in the mouth and can be caused by different irritants.

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