Leukoplakia

Common Name(s)

Leukoplakia

Leukoplakia is a condition in which thickened, white patches form on the tongue, gums, inside of the cheek, or sometimes on the outer female genitals. Although the sores can vary in appearance, they are usually white or gray; thick; and slightly raised with a hard surface. The condition is thought to be caused by irritation, but the cause is not always known. Tobacco is considered to be the main cause of its development in the mouth. Most patches are benign, but a small percentage show early signs of cancer. Removing the source of irritation may cause the condition to go away, but surgery to remove the sore(s) may be necessary in some cases.
 

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Leukoplakia" returned 143 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

E-cadherin as a potential biomarker of malignant transformation in oral leukoplakia: a retrospective cohort study.
 

Author(s): Sandra Ventorin von Zeidler, Talitha de Souza Botelho, Elismauro Francisco Mendonça, Aline Carvalho Batista

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Numerous attempts have been made to establish and develop tumor markers that could determine the susceptibility of normal tissues to transform into cancerous ones. To determine whether altered expression patterns of E-cadherin could be an early event in the progression of potentially ...

Last Updated: 1 Jan 2015

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Clinicopathologic assessment of Candida colonization of oral leukoplakia.
 

Author(s): Reena Sarkar, G P Rathod

Journal: Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. ;80(5):413-8.

 

Leukoplakia is the most common premalignant lesion of the oral mucosa. We studied the colonization of Candida in oral leukoplakia using direct microscopy, culture and histopathology to determine if there is a statistical correlation between Candida invasion and the clinical appearance ...

Last Updated: 9 Sep 2014

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Role of CYP2E1 genetic polymorphism in the development of oral leukoplakia among tobacco users in North Indian population.
 

Author(s): S Gupta, O P Gupta, S Srivastava

Journal: Indian J Cancer. ;51(2):154-8.

 

The aim of the study to find out role of CYP2E1 genetic polymorphism in development of oral leukoplakia among tobacco users in North Indian population, this study was carried out at Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, UP.

Last Updated: 8 Aug 2014

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The terms "Leukoplakia" returned 7 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Proliferative verrucous leukoplakia: a proposal for diagnostic criteria.
 

Author(s): Rocio Cerero-Lapiedra, David Baladé-Martínez, Luis-Alberto Moreno-López, Germán Esparza-Gómez, José V Bagán

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Proliferative verrucous leukoplakia (PVL) is a rare form of oral leukoplakia, which was first described in 1985 by Hansen et al. Since then, various published case series have presented PVL as a disease with aggressive biological behaviour due to its high probability of recurrence ...

Last Updated: 2 Nov 2010

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Chronic hyperplastic candidosis/candidiasis (candidal leukoplakia).
 

Author(s): M A M Sitheeque, L P Samaranayake

Journal: Crit. Rev. Oral Biol. Med.. 2003 ;14(4):253-67.

 

Chronic hyperplastic candidosis/candidiasis (CHC; syn. candidal leukoplakia) is a variant of oral candidosis that typically presents as a white patch on the commissures of the oral mucosa. The major etiologic agent of the disease is the oral fungal pathogen Candida predominantly belonging ...

Last Updated: 8 Aug 2003

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Infectious Aetiology of Potentially Malignant Disorders and Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Oral Cavity
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Leukoplakia Oral

 

Last Updated: 4 Apr 2013

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Least Invasive Nonlinear Light Microscopy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Oral Leukoplakia; Oral Cancer

 

Last Updated: 14 Dec 2009

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Photodynamic Therapy for Oral Precursor Lesions
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Leukoplakia; Lichen

 

Last Updated: 12 May 2015

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