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Head Neck Pathol. 2010 Mar;4(1):31-6. doi: 10.1007/s12105-009-0153-y. Epub 2009 Nov 27.

Elastofibromatous changes and hyperelastosis of the oral mucosa.

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  • 1Department of Oral Pathology and Surgery, School of Dentistry, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece.


Three cases of abnormalities of elastic fibers, two of them on the floor of the mouth and one on the lingual alveolar mucosa, close to the floor of the mouth, in a patient with history of homolateral squamous cell carcinoma of the floor of the mouth, are presented. Comparison with elastofibromatous changes and elastofibromas are made and their possible pathogenesis is discussed. It is suggested that increased awareness may facilitate recognition of such lesions as they can be easily overlooked, especially when they do not present as discrete tumors or they are associated with other "more significant" pathologic processes.

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