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Prevalence of common white lesions in oral cavity among patients attended School of Dentistry in Sulaimani/ Iraq

Akeel Saeed Abd-Sada

College of Dentistry, University of Sulaimani



Objectives: This study was conducted to examine the prevalence of common white lesions in the oral cavity.

Patients & Methods: Examination was done for 500 patients visiting dental school, in Sulaimani city, Kurdistan region-Iraq from different age groups and sexes for presences of white lesions. Examination includes the type, site and size of the lesion in oral cavity. 

The result showed that about 44.2% (221 patients) had one type of white lesions with male predominance. Candidiasis and hyperkeratosis represented the majority of these cases 54.2% and 38% respectively while leukoplakia represented the less finding in this study (3.6%). According to the age group these lesion were founded in above 50 years patients more than the other groups. 

White lesions in oral cavity may be symptomless and can be found by routine oral examination. Early diagnosis may aid in the treatment of these lesions.

Keywords: White lesions, candidiasis, Leukoplakia, Lichen planus, hyperkeratosis.


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