Bilateral oral focal mucinosis on the palate of a 2-year-old child: a case report

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Abstract

Background.

Oral focal mucinosis (OFM) is an uncommon benign oral lesion. The aetiology of the lesion is unknown. Histologically, it appears as a well-circumscribed myxomatous mass surrounded by denser, collagenous connective tissue. Most cases of OFM were found in adults. It is very unusual for young children to have OFM.

Case Report.

A case of OFM in a 2-year-old child is reported. The patient was presented with non-painful bilateral enlargements on the palate. The overlying mucosa was smooth and not ulcerated and appeared in the same colour as the adjacent tissue. The histology of the lesion showed myxomatous mass indicative of OFM. Treatment consisted of surgically removing the lesions under general anaesthetic.

Conclusion.

Paediatric dentists should consider OFM in their differential diagnosis of soft tissue oral lesions in children.

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