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Smoker's Melanosis

Clinical Features of Smoker's Melanosis -Presents as heavy pigment due to smoking -Located on palate with most common location being the ant. facial gingiva -Reversible protective response of the tissue -12% of patients that present with erythema in the affected site will develop cancer
Demographics of Smoker's Melanosis -Occurs in 20% of smokers -More common in reverse smokers (smoking with lit end of cigarette inside mouth) -More common in females
Microscopic Features of Smoker's Melanosis None
Differential Diagnosis of Smoker's Melanosis -Trauma -Physiologic pigmentation -Neurofibromatosis -Peutz-Jeghers syndrome -Drugs -Endocrine imbalance -Hemochromatosis -Pulmonary diseases
Treatment of Smoker's Melanosis Removal of smoking habit will reverse the lesion
Created by: sarahosseini