Leukoplakia

Last Updated: 2023-07-07

Author(s): Anzengruber F., Navarini A.

ICD11: -

Swimmer, 1877.

Oral leukoplakia.

Nonwipeable, white, irritation-unspecific mucosal patch in which there is increased or abnormal keratinisation.

  • Age peak: 40-70 y.
  • Men > Women

  • Exogenous-irritative
    • Chronic, physical stimuli
  • Mechanical
    • Dental prostheses
  • Chemical
    • Nicotine abuse
  • Viruses
    • Human papillomaviruses, especially types 1, 6 & 16

Mostly solitary, but in some cases also multiple whitish to greyish areas with smooth to verrucous surface.

  • Clinical findings
  • Biopsy

  • Transition to
    • spinocellular carcinoma
    • florid oral papillomatosis

Chronic progression.

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