leukoedema, oral

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A variation of normal oral mucosa characterized by an asymptomatic bilateral diffuse, whitish-grey translucency of the mucosa. It is most common in the black population and is caused by intracellular oedema of the prickle cell layer of the epithelium. The clinical appearance should be differentiated from leukoplakia, lichen planus, and keratosis. No treatment is necessary.

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