Oral Leukoplakia

  • Rajiv S. Desai
  • Ravikant S. Ganga
  • Raghav C. Dwivedi
Part of the Head and Neck Cancer Clinics book series (HNCC)


Oral leukoplakia (New Latin leuko, white, + classical Greek plax, flat object) is said to represent the most common premalignant oral mucosal lesion with an estimated global prevalence rate of 2.6%. Historically, practitioners have used many synonyms such as leucoma, smokers’ patch, leukokeratosis and ichthyosis for this lesion. In 1851, Sir James Paget documented a connection between a white keratotic oral lesion and lingual carcinoma; however, the term “leukoplakia” has given rise to considerable misunderstanding since it was first defined more than 140 years ago by the dermatologist Ernst Schwimmer in 1877 [1].


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© Peter A. Brennan, Tom Aldridge, Raghav C. Dwivedi, Rehan Kazi 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rajiv S. Desai
    • 1
  • Ravikant S. Ganga
    • 1
  • Raghav C. Dwivedi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Oral Pathology and MicrobiologyNair Hospital Dental CollegeMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Otolaryngology Head Neck SurgeryQueen Alexandra HospitalPortsmouthUK

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