Necrotizing sialometaplasia: A rare lesion that mimics oral cancer clinically and histopathologically

Nakul Uppal, Mohan Baliga

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With screening for oral cancer being increasingly performed by physicians, ulceroproliferative lesions of the oral cavity that resemble carcinoma may present a diagnostic challenge. We present one such case wherein the lesion resolved spontaneously after incisional biopsy. A clinical diagnosis of necrotizing sialometaplasia was confirmed by histopathology. General medical practitioners and otolaryngologists should consider this rare lesion in the work up of a suspicious oral ulcer. Decisions must be based on biopsy and clinicians should resist the urge to make diagnoses unsupported by biopsy or at least toluidine blue staining.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-156
Number of pages3
JournalOtolaryngologia Polska
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Medicine(all)

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