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Oral Oncol. 2000 May;36(3):264-6.

A modified classification and staging system for oral leukoplakia.

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  • 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Pathology, University Hospital Vrije Universiteit/Academic Centre of Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), PO Box 7057, 1007 MB, Amsterdam, Netherlands. i.vanderwaal@azvu.nl


A proposal for a modified classification and staging system for oral leukoplakia (OLEP) has been presented in which the size of the leukoplakia and the presence or absence of epithelial dysplasia are taken into account. Altogether four stages are recognised. The presently proposed system should facilitate uniform reporting of treatment or management results of OLEPs in which a biopsy has become available. The system can easily be adjusted by replacing the histopathological criteria of epithelial dysplasia by a clinical subdivision in homogeneous and non-homogeneous leukoplakia for cases in which no biopsy is available.

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