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Symptoms of Leukoplakia - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello Doctor,
I have white patches on my tounge which doesn't hurt at al till I take any thing spicy or hot. I don't take tobaco and quit smoking a year and so. I take alchohol once a week . Is this Leukoplakia
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   May i know your age ?
User :   I am 26
Doctor :   do u think these white patches are widespread all over your toungue and inner mouth ?
User :   No , This is just at one place
User :   At the front of the tounge
User :   3 patches
Doctor :   If they do not hurt , and they are persistant, then they could be leukoplakia
Doctor :   Do u use tobacco or zarda orally ?
User :   No not at all
User :   I was smoking but quit a year back
User :   Now a days Occasionally
Doctor :   when did u start smoking and no of cigarettes u smoked on an average ?
User :   I started smoking in 2005 to 2009 and on an avg 5 to 6 Cigartes During 2006 to 2008
User :   Sorry 2006 to 2009
Doctor :   In that case it could be leukoplakia or subungual fibrosis as well
Doctor :   But a close examination will be needed to know the exact cause
User :   Well how dangerous is this?
Doctor :   I suggest you see a ENT doctor or a dentist who can check it out and give you an exact diagnosis
Doctor :   it is not dangeerous in most cases if it appears benign
Doctor :   but if there are signs of neoplastic changes, then it may lead to oral cancer over a certain time
User :   Well I ll see a ENT specialist soon
Doctor :   If needed a oral biopsy under local anesthesia will help too
Doctor :   that would be the best course of action
User :   I ll do that . Thank you very much
Doctor :   Do u have any other medical query ?
Doctor :   You are welcome
User :   No Thats it for now
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   thank you for consulting me here
Doctor :   Bye for now and take care
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