Below, you will find a couple of patients that I managed that had oral lesions and their diagnoses.
- An African American female, 40 years of age presented to the clinic with no chief complaint. Patient was healthy, had no systemic conditions and was not taking any medications. While performing an extra/intra oral exam, a round, 2mm x 2mm. skin colored lesion with finger-like projections was found by the left facial pillar. A D.D.S on the floor diagnosed the lesion as an adult papilloma and instructed the patient that it was fairly common but due to the possibility that it may be viral, it should be removed whenever possible. Patient had no idea that she had the lesion and was so thankful we performed the intra oral exam and found the lesion so that she can get it removed. I then continued with assessments and completed the patient in 2 visits
2. A Jamaican woman, 21 years of age presented to the clinic with no chief complaint. She was healthy, not taking any medications and had no allergies. While performing an intra oral examination, I located a lesion lateral to the submandibular gland. It was round, clear, fluid filled, 4-5 mm in length and raised. A D.D.S on the floor diagnosed the lesion as a mucocele and informed the patient that no treatment was needed because the contents will just spill out on its own and is not harmful. The patient was thankful that we identified and diagnosed the lesion for her, as she would have been worried about it if she were to have found it on her own.