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Necrotizing sialometaplasia of tongue

Author(s): Randhawa Tanu | Varghese Ipe | Shameena P | Sudha S | Nair Resmi

Journal: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
ISSN 0973-029X

Volume: 13;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 35;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Necrotizing sialometaplasia | squamous cell carcinoma | tongue

Necrotizing sialometaplasia, is a benign inflammatory lesion primarily involving the minor salivary glands of the hard palate. The lesion often presents itself as a deep-seated palatal ulcer with clinical and histological features similar to those of a malignant neoplasm. Here we report a case of necrotizing sialometaplasia in a 40-year-old female, present on the lateral border of the tongue, mimicking squamous cell carcinoma, clinically. A correct diagnosis to avoid mutilant surgical treatments is essential, considering that it is a self-limiting disease.
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