Hairy Leukoplakia Questions & Answers

Updated: Aug 05, 2019
  • Author: James E Cade, DDS; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is hairy leukoplakia?

What is the pathophysiology of hairy leukoplakia?

What causes hairy leukoplakia?

What is the prevalence of hairy leukoplakia in the US?

What is the global prevalence of hairy leukoplakia?

What are the racial predilections of hairy leukoplakia?

What are the sexual predilections of hairy leukoplakia?

Which age groups have the highest prevalence of hairy leukoplakia?

What is the prognosis of hairy leukoplakia?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of hairy leukoplakia?

Which physical findings are characteristic of hairy leukoplakia?

What are the possible complications of hairy leukoplakia?

DDX

Which conditions are included in the differential diagnoses of hairy leukoplakia?

How are white sponge nevus, candidiasis or thrush differentiated from hairy leukoplakia?

How is frictional keratosis differentiated from hairy leukoplakia?

How is tobacco-induced leukoplakia differentiated from hairy leukoplakia?

How is lichen planus differentiated from hairy leukoplakia?

How is proliferative verrucous leukoplakia differentiated from hairy leukoplakia?

What are the differential diagnoses for Hairy Leukoplakia?

Workup

What is the role of lab tests in the workup of hairy leukoplakia?

What is the role of biopsy in the workup of hairy leukoplakia?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of hairy leukoplakia?

Treatment

How is hairy leukoplakia treated?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with hairy leukoplakia?

Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of hairy leukoplakia?

Medications

What is the goal of drug treatment for hairy leukoplakia?

Which medications in the drug class Antifungals are used in the treatment of Hairy Leukoplakia?

Which medications in the drug class Keratolytic agents are used in the treatment of Hairy Leukoplakia?

Which medications in the drug class Antiviral agents are used in the treatment of Hairy Leukoplakia?