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Is Leukoplakia Curable
Usually: Leukoplakia by definition is a white patch inside the mouth. It could be any number of things from candidiasis to frictional keratosis (rubbing basically). I would have a dentist check it asap just to be sure. Especially if you are a tobacco user. Anything white in the mouth of a tobacco user must be checked for cancer. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Leukoplakia is white patches in the mouth on the cheeks or tongue. It is often caused by irritation from rough fillings or ill-fitting dentures. It is also caused by chewing tobacco and snuff.
Removeal of the irritation will usually cause the patches to disappear. However, they should be biopsied because they may be the start of oral cancer and need to be treated as such. ...Read more
Thanks for asking!: Leukoplakia is a general term given to a white looking patch in the mouth. You cannot make a definitive diagnosis without a biopsy. Many oral lesions may look white but have different microscopic diagnoses. Most leukoplakia do not cause symptoms. However if they are symptomatic a biopsy may be indicated. You should consult an oral surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more
Oral Medicine Dentis: Hairy leukoplakia is associated with advanced hiv, but is rarely seen now when patients are treated with anti-retroviral therapy. Oral candida, with white patches on the tongue and oral mucosa, as a similar appearance, but can be scraped off. Dry mouth can lead to white hairy tongue. A number of other lesions have white appearances and should be evaluated by a qualified dentist. ...Read more
Not so easy: Leukoplakia may appear stuck on the mucosal surface but it is deeply attached, so it can not be wiped out. But it can be treated by your doctor. Go see a head and neck surgeon who may use medical or surgical treatments to control/remove it as it is a precancerous condition. You also need to remove the cause ?Tobacco chewing or smoking, typically. ...Read more
Oral brush biopsy: has been used as a screening modality before excisional biopsy. ...Read more
Can leukoplakia come and go daily?Or be there one day and go away and come back in 7 days and then be gone again the next morning?
Went to ENTfelt something when swallowed. Said nothing there, but found Leukoplakia said was not causing the feeling. Still feel it. What next?
GE vs ENT?: Swallowing difficulty can be caused by upper throat problems which are checked by an ENT or further down into Esophagus which can be checked by a gastroenterologist(GE). If your symptoms do not settle down over the next 3-4 weeks go see one or the other.... A repeat check with the aid of a lighted instrument (Endoscopy)may be required to make 100% certain that all is well. ...Read more
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 off. They can arise from numerous sources, including irritation. It is not a specific disease, but an observable condition. Sometimes they are thought of as "pre-cancerous" and so it is important to have a biopsy done. ...Read more
Pretty common: Leukoplakia means "white patch".This is a fairly common occurrence on the cheeks inside the mouth. There are many causes of leukoplakia, some serious and some not. If the leukoplakia comes and goes, it is probably benign. However, if it remains for a long time, or changes in appearance, this may be an indication of some disease process. See a dentist to have such areas evaluated. ...Read more
Biopsy: Leukoplakia means a white spot in the mouth. Have a dentist or oral surgeon look at it and review your medical history. It will be helpful if another doctor took previous pictures of the lesions with measurements. See a doctor and a biopsy probably will be performed. Make sure that the leukoplakia is documented with pictures and measurements. ...Read more