Leukoplakia and erythroplakia of the oral mucosa

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dc.contributor.author Boy, Sonja Catharina
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-04T07:14:06Z
dc.date.available 2013-11-30T00:20:04Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11
dc.description.abstract Leukoplakia and erythroplakia are the two most common potentially malignant disorders of the oral cavity. The prognosis and overall survival of a patient with oral cancer is dependent on the early detection of any lesion that might identify a patient with higher risk than normal or with early infiltration before metastatic disease. The role of the general dentist cannot be overstressed and the aim of this brief summary is to give the general practitioner an overview on the current concepts relating to these disorders. Leukoplakia and erythroplakia were traditionally known as two “precancerous lesions of the oral mucosa”. The term “precancer” defines all lesions classified as such to have a “precancerous nature” implying that all of them will eventually become malignant. Through the years it became known that even clinically normal mucosa may show features of dysplasia and in some instances molecular aberrations of early malignant transformation may be found in the mucosa of a patient without any clinical lesions or dysplasia. The consensus view then was to introduce the term: “potentially malignant disorders” (PMD) reflecting the more generalised mucosal involvement in these patients. It remains a challenge to predict the behaviour of any of these lesions but early detection thereof remains the best chance any oral cancer patient will have for survival. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2013 en_US
dc.description.uri http://www.sada.co.za en_US
dc.identifier.citation Boy, SC 2012, 'Leukoplakia and erythroplakia of the oral mucosa', South African Dental Journal, vol. 67, no. 10, pp. 558-560. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1029-4864
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/21809
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher South African Dental Association en_US
dc.rights South African Dental Association en_US
dc.subject Leukoplakia en_US
dc.subject Erythroplakia en_US
dc.subject Oral cavity en_US
dc.subject Potentially malignant disorders (PMD) en_US
dc.title Leukoplakia and erythroplakia of the oral mucosa en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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