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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 312-314

Oral proliferative verrucous leukoplakia: An enigmatic lesion with emphasis on its differential diagnosis

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, SB Patil Dental College and Hospital, Humanabad Road, Naubad, Bidar, Karnataka, India
2 Private Practitioner, The Dental Specialists, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
3 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Kamineni Institute of Dental Sciences, Narketpally, Telangana, India
4 Government Dental College, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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Dr. M L Avinash Tejasvi
Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Kamineni Institute of Dental Sciences, Narketpally, Telangana - 508 254
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiaomr.jiaomr_44_20

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Oral proliferative verrucous leukoplakia (OPVL) is a distinct clinical form of oral leukoplakia (OL). It is one of the rare clinicopathological entities that is considered as a potentially malignant oral mucosal disorder with an increased rate of progression to oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and a very high recurrence rate. Initially, the condition develops as focal clinical hyperkeratosis that progresses gradually and becomes a wide multifocal disease with gross exophytic features. It is a slow-growing, long-term progressive, and enigmatic lesion that is difficult to define and disclose. We report here, a case of OPVL in the right mandibular alveolar ridge, clinical and diagnostic aspects, differential diagnosis, and histologic features of this relatively rare entity.

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