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Dent Clin North Am. 2012 Jan;56(1):43-73, vii-viii. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2011.09.004.

Biopsy techniques and diagnoses & treatment of mucocutaneous lesions.

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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Dental Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, New York Harbor Healthcare Systems (Brooklyn Campus), 800 Poly Place (Bk-160), Brooklyn, NY 11209, USA.


Oral mucosal lesions are commonly encountered in clinical practice. One study reported that they occurred in approximately 27.9% of patients aged 17 years and older and in 10.3% of children aged 2 to 17 years. The diagnosis and treatment of mucosal diseases should be an integral part of the general practitioner's practice. According to an American Dental Association survey conducted in 2007, 44% of biopsies were performed by a general practictioner. Understanding of the fundamentals of diagnosing mucocutaneous lesions requires a sound knowledge of their origin and clinical course, and of biopsy methods using contemporary diagnostic tools and techniques.

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