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Treatment


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How might leukoplakia be treated?

For most people, removing the source of irritation is important and often causes the lesion to disappear.[1] For example, if tobacco use is thought to be the cause, stopping tobacco use usually clears the condition.[2] Dental causes such as rough teeth or fillings should be treated as soon as possible.[1] When this is not effective or if the lesions show early signs of cancer, treatment may include removing the patches.[2] The lesion is usually removed in the health care provider's office using local anesthesia. Leukoplakia on the vulva is treated in the same way as oral lesions.[1] Recurrences are common, so follow-up visits with a physician are recommended.[2]
Last updated: 5/21/2012

References
  1. Leukoplakia. MedlinePlus. July 20, 2011; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001046.htm. Accessed 5/21/2012.
  2. Leukoplakia. Mayo Clinic. November 2, 2010; http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/leukoplakia/DS00458. Accessed 5/21/2012.


Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Leukoplakia. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.