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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Hyperkeratosis with Mild Dysplasia

08/27/2009

Question:

My mother has been diagnosed with the above problem. She is an eater of Pan and is now trying to stop. Please xplain the above and is this cancerous.

Answer:

Pan contains betel nuts and occasionally also tobacco, both of which can cause precancerous or cancerous lesions. Dysplasia is a form of precancer, although mild dysplasia would have less of a chance of becoming cancer someday (compared to moderate or severe dysplasia). This condition is best followed and managed by an ear, nose, throat (ENT) physician or oral surgeon.

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Response by:

Amit  Agrawal, MD Amit Agrawal, MD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University