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April 1955


AMA Arch Derm. 1955;71(4):547-552. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540280123036

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Leucoplakia. Presented by Dr. Frank E. Cormia.

J. W., a woman aged 31, has been bothered with whitish areas posteriorly and above the last left molar teeth for some five years. Biopsies four and three years ago are said to have been diagnostic of leucoplakia. Two or three x-ray treatments by a Baltimore dermatologist a year ago caused considerable improvement, but the lesions subsequently recurred in their pretreatment severity. There has been no smoking in the past year, and hot foods are avoided. The past history is negative.

Vitamin B complex concentrate, vitamin A, 100,000 units daily, and mouth washes have been used for the last 10 weeks, with only slight improvement. The patient is presented for suggestions as to further management.


Dr. Eugene F. Traub: She has a great deal more than leucoplakia. I would be inclined to think it is early cancer. I didn't feel the lesion

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