The association of white lesions with oral squamous cell carcinoma. A retrospective study of 212 patients

Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1989 Jun;18(3):163-4. doi: 10.1016/s0901-5027(89)80117-1.


A series of 212 patients with a histologically proven squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity has been studied for the coexistence of white lesions. Such lesions were found in 48% of the patients, more often in women than in men (p less than 0.05). No relation to a specific site could be found.

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / complications*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leukoplakia, Oral / complications*
  • Leukoplakia, Oral / pathology
  • Male
  • Mouth Neoplasms / complications*
  • Mouth Neoplasms / pathology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sex Factors