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For most people, removing the source of irritation is important and often causes the lesion to disappear. For example, if tobacco use is thought to be the cause, stopping tobacco use usually clears the condition. Dental causes such as rough teeth or fillings should be treated as soon as possible. When this is not effective or if the lesions show early signs of cancer, treatment may include removing the patches. 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. Recurrences are common, so follow-up visits with a physician are recommended.
Last updated: 5/21/2012
- Leukoplakia. MedlinePlus. July 20, 2011; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001046.htm. Accessed 5/21/2012.
- Leukoplakia. Mayo Clinic. November 2, 2010; http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/leukoplakia/DS00458. Accessed 5/21/2012.
- 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.