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Oral Cancer Images

This collection of photos contain both cancers, and non-cancerous diseases of the oral environment which may be mistaken for malignancies. Some contain a brief patient history which may add insight to the actual diagnosis of the disease. As you review these images and their descriptions, you will be presented with what the referring doctor originally diagnosed and treated the patient for.

Elderly woman with advanced sun induced degenerative alterations of face and lips. Presented with midline ulcerated mass.

Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma, arising actinic cheilitis

 

Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma, nodular/exothytic

64 year old male with a long history of cigarette smoking presents with an a symetrical nodular mass in the retromolar region.

Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma, nodular/exothytic

 

Diagnosis: Erosive lichen planus

A 47 year old male presents with a tender, well defined ulceration of the left ventral tongue of 2 weeks duration.

Diagnosis: Erosive lichen planus

 

Diagnosis: Verrucous carcinoma

A 59 year old female with a painless papillary mass of the left posterior mandibular alveolar ridge.

Diagnosis: Verrucous carcinoma

 

Diagnosis: Aspirin Burn

A 38 year old a male presented with a white friable lesion of the maxillary gingiva which wiped off with a cotton swab, leaving a raw red base.

Diagnosis: Aspirin Burn

 

Diagnosis: Amalgam tattoo

A 31 year old female noticed a flat grey/black asymptomatic alteration in the anterior floor of her mouth, of unknown duration.

Diagnosis: Amalgam tattoo

 

Patient is a 64 year old male with granular nodular partially ulcerated mass of the anterior mandibular gingiva.

Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma

 

A billateraly symetrical ulcerative process noted by this 41 year old female, present for several months. Patient is a non-smoker and uses no alcohol.

Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma

 

Red and white surface alteration which is centrally idurated/firm was noted on routine examination in this 70 year old male. Patient has long time history of tobacco and alcohol abuse.

Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma

 

On a routine examination of a 52 year old female a well defined red velvety lesion of the lower left ventral tongue was observed.

Clinical Diagnosis: Erythroplakia Microscopic | Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma

 

Slightly elevated crater form and firm asymetrical lesion was found on routine oral examination of the left lateral soft palette.

Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma

 

A 69 year female presented with a sharply defined palatal ulceration.

Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma

 

A 48 year old female presents with a hard gingival swelling that on X-ray consisted of dense bone which was contiguous with the cortex.

Diagnosis: Osteoma

 

An 8 year old child evaluated for superficial, ulcerated, irregular lesion.

Diagnosis: Tramatic ulcer (facticious)

 

Patient has a white lesion with irregular margins on the left ventral tongue. At the inferior aspect, there is a prominent red patch of tissue.

Diagnosis: Carcinoma in situ

 

Blood based, firm, asymptomatic nodule of a long duration was noted along the right buccal mucosa during routine examination.

Diagnosis: Irritational fibroma

 

An immuno-suppressed patient presents with a tender, ulcerated mass of the gingiva, which is associated with mobility of the adjacent first molar.

Diagnosis fungal infection (Histoplasmosis)

 

This 46 year old female presents with an irregular ulceration of the ventral lateral tongue, which is surrounded by leukoplakia.

Diagnosis Edge biopsy revealed squamous cell carcinoma

 

A flat, painless lesion of the mid third of the tongue, showed sharply defined borders. This lesion was noted subsequent to a long course of antibiotic therapy.

Diagnosis: Median rhomboid glossitis

 

A 55 year old male noted loosening of the lower incisors. On exam, a granular to warty mass was noted on the gingiva extending into the labial fold.

Diagnosis: Well differentiated squamous cell carcinoma

 

An elongated, heterogeneous, red, well defined ulceration was observed on the left lateral aspect of the tongue of a 48 year old male.

Diagnosis: Biopsy at several locations revealed dysplasia and carcinoma in situ.

 

Diagnosis Marginally invasive squamous cell carcinoma

In this patient, the anterior floor of the mouth, bilateral to the midline, demonstrated a vaguely marginated lesion, which was firm on palpation.

Diagnosis: Marginally invasive squamous cell carcinoma

 

Diagnosis: Lichen Planus

In this patient, the buccal mucosa bilaterally showed red and white surface changes, with delicate keratotic striae enclosing a thin, but intact red area.

Diagnosis: Lichen Planus

 

Diagnosis: Traumatic ulcer

This ulceration of the buccal mucosa was noticed during a routine oral examination after a dental extraction.

Diagnosis: Traumatic ulcer

 

Diagnosis: Early stage squamous cell carcinoma

The right lateral tongue of this patient demonstrated the presence of an indurated, painless ulcer of unknown duration.

Diagnosis: Early stage squamous cell carcinoma

 

Diagnosis: Malignant melanoma

A 78 year old female was evaluated for multiple macular pigmented lesions of the floor of the mouth and attached gingiva.

Diagnosis: Malignant melanoma

 

Diagnosis: Papillary squamous cell carcinoma

A densely papillary, white, exothitic mass with posterior ulceration was noted on the mandibular gingiva of this 72 year old male with a 55 pack/year history of cigarette smoking and heavy alcohol consumption.

Diagnosis: Papillary squamous cell carcinoma

 

Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma

A 68 year old female presented with a slightly white nodular alteration of the retromolar region.

Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma

 

Diagnosis: Peripheral giant cell granuloma

A bluish-red nodular mass was detected in the maxillary right quadrant of this 54 year old male.

Diagnosis: Peripheral giant cell granuloma

 

Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma

A 78 year old woman with a long history of tobacco and alcohol abuse, has difficulty opening her mouth. Examination revealed a foul smelling lesion extending superiorly and to the posterior.

Diagnosis: Squamous cell carcinoma

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