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CASE REPORT
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 204-206

Extensive physiologic melanin pigmentation on the tongue: An unusual clinical presentation


1 Departments of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Teerthanker Mahaveer Dental College & Research Centre, Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, VK KLE Institute of Dental Sciences, KLE University, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology, Teerthanker Mahaveer Dental College & Research Centre, Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Sunira Chandra
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College & Research Centre, Teerthankar Mahaveer University, Delhi Road, Moradabad - 244 001, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-237X.73205

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Pigmented lesions are commonly found in the oral cavity. Pigmentation has a multifactorial etiology. Most of the oral pigmentations are physiologic but sometimes it can be a precursor of severe diseases. Evaluation of a patient presented with a pigmented lesion should include a full medical and dental history, extraoral and intraoral examinations and even in some cases biopsy and laboratory investigations are required. In this article, we report a case of extensive physiologic pigmentation on the tongue in a 32-year-old female patient, posing a diagnostic challenge.


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