Raised leukoplakia patches on side of tongue

Raised leukoplakia patches on side of tongue

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Caption: Leukoplakia. Close-up of raised leukoplakia patch- es along the side of a man's tongue. Leukoplakia can occur in the mouth or vulva, and is caused by thickening of tissue in the mucous membrane. It can be triggered by pipe-smoking or rubbing of the tongue against a denture, and is most common in the elderly and people with AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). The patches are painless and usually disappear if the cause is removed. Occa- sionally, however, a leukoplakia patch can become cancerous. For this reason the condition is some- times treated by surgical excision under local anaesthetic.

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Keywords: condition, disease, disorder, healthcare, hyperplasia, leucoplakia, leukoplakia, medical, medicine, mouth, tongue

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