leukoedema


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leukoedema

 [loo″ko-ĕ-de´mah]
a nonpathologic filmy opalescence of the buccal mucosa, consisting of an increase in thickness of the epithelium, with intracellular edema of the malpighian layer.
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leukoedema

Edema of the oral mucosa of undetermined significance that may clinically mimic early leukoplakia, an often premalignant condition, characterized by acanthosis, intracellular edema and superficial parakeratosis
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leu·ko·e·de·ma

(lū'kō-ĕ-dē'mă)
A bluish-white opalescence of the buccal mucosa that becomes the normal mucosal color on stretching the tissue; may be considered a normal anatomic variation.
Synonym(s): leuco-oedema, leuko-oedema.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

leu·ko·e·de·ma

(lū'kō-ĕ-dē'mă)
Bluish-white opalescence of buccal mucosa that assumes normal mucosal color on stretching affected tissue.
Synonym(s): leucoderma, leuco-oedema.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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Roed-Petersen, "Epidemiology and histology of oral leukoplakia and leukoedema among Papuans and New Guineans," Cancer, vol.
8 year study on 346 patients by Pires et al showed that oral squamous cell carcinoma is twice as common in males than in females.13 Precancerous and cancerous lesions, hairy tongue, frictional keratosis and leukoedema are usually seen more in males than females as the risk factors for them is tobacco smoking mainly, especially in Saudi community as they are very conservative and females don't get a chance to adapt to this habit frequently.14,15
Oral manifestations of GVHD may occur in 3080% of the cases (Garcia; Molina; Gonzalez, 2006), and can be classified as (a) mild, when the oral mucosa presents leukoedema, white streaks, burning sensation of the mouth and xerostomia; (b) moderate, with the mucosa showing maculopapular rash, microstomia, painful ulcerations and mucoceles, and (c) severe, with bullous lesions (Chao, 1998).
Frequency of oral carcinoma, leukoplakia, leokokeratosis, leukoedema, submocous fibrosis and lichen planus in 10, 000 Indians in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India; preliminary report.
Clinically, the earliest sign maybe characterized by leukoedema, appearing as a diffuse, poorly defined area of milky-white opalescence most noticeable on the buccal mucosa, which will disappear upon stretching [14].
Leukoedema - an epidemiologic study with special reference to the influence of tobacco habits.