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TEACHING IMAGES
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 132-133

Fordyce spots of buccal mucosa


Department of ENT, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Soumyajit Das
Department of ENT, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalagiri - 522 503, Andhra Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/amhs.amhs_276_21

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Fordyce spots, also known as Fordyce glands, are enlarged ectopic sebaceous glands. The diagnosis is mainly clinical. These lesions appear as asymptomatic, isolated or scattered, grouped minute (pinhead-sized, “dust-like”), creamy yellow, discrete papules. The clinical significance Fordyce spots over the oral mucosa are reported rarely and is known to have an array of clinical mimics such as malignancies of oral mucosa. They are also often mistaken for a fungal infection or lichen planus papules. Fordyce spots should be differentiated from milia and sebaceous hyperplasia. These pseudo lesions of the oral mucosa do not require any intervention apart from reassurance in view of the benign nature of the condition.


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