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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26-28

Soft palate papilloma: A report of four cases with review of the literature

1 Professor in ENT, Al-Ahsa College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
2 Associate professor of Pathology, Al-Ahsa College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Kamal-Eldin Ahmed Abou-Elhamd
ENT Professor, ENT sector, Department of Surgery, Al-Ahsa College of Medicine King Faisal University Al-Ahsa 31982, PO Box 400
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1319-8491.273970

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Papillomas appear as pedunculated or sessile, white or normal colored cauliflower-like projections that arise from the mucosal surface. The most common site is the palate/uvula area followed by the tongue and lips. Of all sites, the soft palate is the most common and accounted for 20% of the lesions. The etiology remains unknown. Viral origin has always been suspect but studies are still inconclusive. Conservative surgical excision is the treatment of choice with rare recurrence. There is no evidence that papillomas are premalignant. This is a report of four cases of soft palate papilloma in patients of different Asian nationalities. In conclusion soft palate papilloma is more common than it is thought to be.

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