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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   Dr XXX here
Doctor :   Please proceed with your query ?
User :   I recently visited my dentist and he discovered a small white patch on the gum under a tooth on the lower left side he called #21. We waited two weeks and it is still there so he has referred me to a periodontist/oral sugeon to excise and biopsy. Could this be leukoplakia and is that usually benign or cancer. I do not smoke or drink alcohol though I did but quit both over 30 years ago. Thank you
Doctor :   Ok, did you ever notice the patch by yourself before?
User :   No and it is not a raised or rough patch and does not hurt or respond to heat or cold. My gum does not bleed while brushing.
Doctor :   Ok, do you run fever ?
User :   No my temperature is normal and I saw my pulmonologist yesterday because I have sleep apnea and they took my temp there and it was normal
Doctor :   Ok,
Doctor :   DIid you loose weight recently ?
Doctor :   did*
User :   No I have actually gained a few pounds
Doctor :   Good ,
Doctor :   Can you brief me about your oral hygiene ?
User :   I brush every day at least twice and the hygienist congratulated me on having virtually no plaque to clean and no cavities.
Doctor :   Very good , One more question
Doctor :   did you have / had any lesions over your genitalia?
User :   no never also monogomous and married 25 years to same woman
Doctor :   Ok, let me brief
Doctor :   according to your history
Doctor :   i would consider the patch could probably be
Doctor :   Either frictional keratosis or leucoplakia
Doctor :   The possibilities of it being cancer are remote
User :   I played the trombone for most of my life could that do it/
Doctor :   but still it need to be ruled out by biopsy
Doctor :   Yes, playin thrombone can be one cause for the friction
Doctor :   in the mouth
User :   Thank you for your time and answers Dr. XXX
Doctor :   Is there anything i can help you with ?
User :   Thank you again that is my only inquiry today
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting , kindly provide your feedback
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