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Mouth Problem

08/11/2009

Question:

spiney things on lower inside lip? what are they?

Answer:

Without additional information, the best I can do is to say that the most common "spiney" lesion of the lower lip would be squamous papilloma. This is a benign growth similar to the common wart on the skin and is caused by the same type of viruses (human papilloma virus, HPV). Just like a wart, a papilloma usually does not go away on its own but tends to grow very slowly if it grows at all.

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Response by:

John R Kalmar, DMD, PhD John R Kalmar, DMD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University