Blue-black macule on the maxillary palate.

C. S. Miller, R. M. Craig, N. M. Mantich

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A cellular blue nevus located on the palate of a 72-year-old female is reported. This intraoral finding is uncommon and should be distinguished from clinical entities it closely resembles. Practitioners should be aware that a pigmented palatal lesion in fact may be a malignant melanoma. Surgical excision with microscopic examination is the only means by which an accurate diagnosis can be made.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-504
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Dental Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1987

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Funding Information:
The publication of this series is coordinated by the Western Dental Education Center, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, Ralph W. Correll, DDS, director, and is supported by the Veterans Administration and the American Dental Association. The opinions and assertions herein are those of the authors and are not to be construed as official or necessarily representing the view of the Veterans Administration.

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  • Dentistry (all)


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