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A condition defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as ‘A fiery red patch that cannot be characterized clinically or pathologically as any other definable disease’. It has a high risk of malignant change and approximately 50% are carcinomatous at biopsy. It may be interspersed with white areas (erythroleukoplakia). See also leukoplakia.

Further Reading:

Reichart P. A., Philipsen H. P. Oral erythroplakia – a review. Oral Oncol 2005;41:551–61.


Subjects: Dentistry.

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