By Gary M. White, MD


Leukoedema is a common, benign condition of the oral mucosa of black adults. The clinical changes are theorized to result from a retained layer of parakeratotic cells.


The oral mucosa is found to have a white-gray edematous surface that has been described as "filmy opalescence". The buccal mucosa is primarily involved. In well-formed lesions, impressions of the teeth are prominently seen along the occlusal line. The surface is soft, but scraping does not remove the changes. The condition is asymptomatic except for the rare patient who complains of the involved mucosa being caught during mastication.


No treatment is necessary.

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