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Is leukoplakia curable?

Is leukoplakia curable?

No : Leukoplakia is not a disease but a description of an affected area in your mouth. ...Read more

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Leukoplakia (Definition)

White, thick patches on the oral mucosa due to hyperkeratosis of the epithelium, producing favorable conditions for development of epidermoid carcinoma; often occurring on the cheeks (l. Bucca┬┤lis), ...Read more


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Is leuplakia curable?

Is leuplakia 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

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Is leukoplakia deadly?

Is leukoplakia deadly?

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

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What causes hairy leukoplakia?

What causes hairy leukoplakia?

Epstein-Barr virus: Hairy leukoplakia results from infection with the Epstein-Barr virus. ...Read more

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Does leukoplakia turn cancerous?

Does leukoplakia turn cancerous?

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 cancerous.

Therefore a biopsy is needed. ...Read more

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How can oral leukoplakia be cured?

How can oral leukoplakia be cured?

Leukoplakia: 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

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What are leukoplakia and erythroplakia?

What are leukoplakia and erythroplakia?

Clinical terms: They are not a true diagnosis. They are clinical terms that mean a red (erythro) or white (leuko) patch. ...Read more

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What are some early signs of leukoplakia?

What are some early signs of leukoplakia?

A White Patch: Leukoplakia encompasses a group of diseases. It is characterized by a white patch or or plaque that cannot be rubbed of the mucosa. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of oral leukoplakia?

What are the symptoms of oral leukoplakia?

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

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How can I tell if I have a hairy leukoplakia?

How can I tell if I have a hairy leukoplakia?

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

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Can oral leukoplakia be wiped or scrapped off?

Can oral leukoplakia be wiped or scrapped off?

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

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Help! what can be causing my hairy leukoplakia?

Help! what can be causing my hairy leukoplakia?

Hairy Leukoplakia: Primary cause may be epstein-barr virus (ebv), although excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, chewing tobacco, chronic irritation, combination of these factors may play a role. I hope you are seeing an oral surgeon for evaluation, monitoring and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have leukoplakia or hairy leukoplakia?

Oral brush biopsy: has been used as a screening modality before excisional biopsy. ...Read more

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What the difference is in leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia?

What the difference is in leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia?

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 lesion that can be many different things. The lesion should be biopsied. ...Read more

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What is the difference between leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia?

What is the difference between leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia?

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 be due to many things. ...Read more

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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?

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?

It cannot : The term leukoplakia implies only the clinical feature of a PERSISTENT, adherent white plaque. If it is intermittent every 7 days or so, it is not oral leukoplakia and you need to look for a different diagnosis.
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Went to ENTfelt something when swallowed. Said nothing there, but found Leukoplakia said was not causing the feeling. Still feel it. What next?

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