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June 5, 2018 at 4:38 PM

Treatment of Leukoplakia

  • Excision modalities (surgery, laser ablation, cryosurgery)
  • Option to observe lesions diagnosed as benign hyperkeratosis or mild dysplasia
  • Possibly photodynamic therapy
  • Topical cytotoxic drugs (bleomycin) remain experimental.
  • Recurrences common following apparent complete excision

Prognosis

  • Guarded
  • Observation with repeat biopsies to be performed

Prevention

  • Elimination of tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption
  • Recurrences may be reduced by systemic retinoid therapy.
  • Possible dietary measures