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How Does Leukoplakia Spread

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Dear Doctor, I am a R.D.H. and have a patient in my office that appears to have leukoplakia in the mucobuccal fold bilaterally in the maxilla. He is a white male 45 yrs. old asymptomatic, nonsmoker, nondrinker, has been seen every 6 months for...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Response from David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Grady Health System
Oral hairy leukoplakia is a term used for a specific condition, related to the Epstein-Barr Virus, which appears on the lateral border of the tongue in immunocompromised individuals. I use the term immunocompromised since this condition has been... Read more »

Question #1: Oral Hairy LeukoplakiaQuestion #2: Symptoms of Oral Hairy Leukoplakia

Question 1:Have you seen any documentation of Oral Hairy Leukoplakia in people with HIVprimary... Read more »

hairy leukoplakia

Is it possible to know when hairy leukoplakia appears when somebody is HIV+ ?Thanks.... Read more »
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Hairy Leukoplakia

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Can anyone tell me how long it takes from the first presentation of hairy leukoplakia to the time it becomes very distinct? Weeks, months, years?

Also, does it become more and less visible on a daily basis? Read more »

Hairy Leukoplakia

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I developed hairy leukoplakia on one side of my tongue around chritmas time. It is still there. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how long after you get this you have to go on meds. My t-cells were 450 in October. Vl undetectable w/o meds.... Read more »

Hairy Leukoplakia

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I was wondering if anyone out there has or has had hairy leukoplakia on their tongue? If so, how long did it take from when you first noticed it as a very small white to to being all the way down the side of your tongue.

Secondly, how was it... Read more »

Hairy Leukoplakia

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Has anyone ever heard of someone getting hairy leukoplakia on their tongue (confirmed by biopsy) and that person not having hiv.

I have ohl and negative antibody tests and undetectable viral load tests.

If you have heard of such a thing what did the... Read more »