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J Cancer Res Ther. 2017 Apr-Jun;13(2):170-174. doi: 10.4103/0973-1482.204890.

Differential diagnoses of elevated lesions of the upper lip: An overview.

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Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, A.J. Institute of Dental Science, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.
Department of Pedodontia, A.J. Institute of Dental Science, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.


This paper comes with a purpose to help the clinician as how to arrive at a logical differential diagnosis when an upper lip mass is encountered in day-to-day practice. The labial mucosa is commonly traumatized. One must be aware of the type of structures contained in the mucosa of the area of a lesion as well as the patients habits since they may relate to a lesion presented for diagnosis. It also helps them to procure a sound knowledge of the lesions by describing the lesions according to their clinical appearance and to aid the clinician in arriving at a differential diagnosis by considering that certain lesions have a predilection for the upper lip. All clinically similar appearing lesions are discussed according to their relative frequency of occurrence. This paper covers only a minority of plethora of elevated lesions that may appear on the upper lip since almost any soft tissue lesion or neoplasm (benign and malignant) may occur here.

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