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Pediatr Dermatol. 1997 Jul-Aug;14(4):316-20.

Diffuse whitening of the oral mucosa in a child.

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Department of Dermatology, Hospital Universitario of Salamanca, Spain.


We report a healthy 16-year-old Caucasian boy, who consulted us for white, asymptomatic lesions in the mouth. The lesions were stable and had been present for 6 years. On physical examination, there were diffuse white, soft, corrugated plaques involving the buccal and labial mucosa, oral commissures, and floor of the mouth. No other mucosae were affected and there were no skin or nail abnormalities. The histologic findings revealed epidermal hyperplasia with parakeratosis and intracellular edema in the squamous cell layer. No nuclear atypia was observed. A differential diagnosis of three entities is proposed: white sponge nevus, leukoedema, and focal epithelial hyperplasia.

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