II. Epidemiology

  1. Visible only in Tobacco smokers
  2. More common in pipe smokers and cigar smokers

III. Pathophysiology

  1. Inflamed, highlighted ducts of Salivary Glands
  2. Palatal submucosa rich in minor Salivary Glands

IV. Signs

  1. Diffuse white mucosal thickening on Hard Palate
    1. Pinpoint reddish Papules on this white background

V. Evaluation

  1. Benign lesions, but predicts other Oral Tumors
  2. Only needs biopsy if on Soft Palate

VI. References

  1. Kleinegger in Rakel (2002) Current Therapy, p. 830

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