For citation purposes: Gomes CC, Gomez RS. Oral leukoplakia: What is achieved by surgical treatment? Annals of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 2013 Feb 01;1(1):9.

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Oral Surgery & Medicine

Oral leukoplakia: What is achieved by surgical treatment?

CC Gomes, RS Gomez
 

Authors affiliations

(1) Department of Pathology, Biological Sciences Institute, School of Dentistry, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais – Brazil.

(2) Department of Oral Pathology, School of Dentistry, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais – Brazil.

* Corresponding author Email: rsgomez@ufmg.br

Abstract

Introduction

Molecular changes in oral leukoplakia (OL) or in adjacent ‘clinically normal mucosa’ might influence the persistence/recurrence of OL, allowing an opportunity for transformation into squamous cell carcinoma.

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Clinicians must understand that available treatment options are limited in their capacity to prevent oral cancer.

Surgical resection is still currently the best technique for management of OL. Patients with OL also need to adjust their lifestyle.

Conclusion

We call for further studies to improve our understanding.

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