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Contemp Clin Dent. 2010 Jul;1(3):204-6. doi: 10.4103/0976-237X.73205.

Extensive physiologic melanin pigmentation on the tongue: An unusual clinical presentation.

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Departments of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Teerthanker Mahaveer Dental College & Research Centre, Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.


Pigmented lesions are commonly found in the oral cavity. Pigmentation has a multifactorial etiology. Most of the oral pigmentations are physiologic but sometimes it can be a precursor of severe diseases. Evaluation of a patient presented with a pigmented lesion should include a full medical and dental history, extraoral and intraoral examinations and even in some cases biopsy and laboratory investigations are required. In this article, we report a case of extensive physiologic pigmentation on the tongue in a 32-year-old female patient, posing a diagnostic challenge.


Melanin; physiologic; pigmentation; tongue

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