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Volume 31 , Issue 1
January/February 2011

Pages 97-100

Gingival Squamous Cell Carcinoma Mimicking Periodontal Disease

Ana Paula S. Molina, DDS/Fabiano R. Cirano, DDS, PhD/José Magrin, MD, PhD/Fabio A. Alves, DDS, PhD

PMID: 21365032
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0962

Gingival squamous cell carcinoma (GSCC) is relatively rare, representing less than 10% of oral cavity squamous cell carcinomas. Because of its proximity to the teeth and periodontium, the tumor can mimic tooth-related benign inflammatory conditions. In this article, a case of GSCC with clinical features very similar to those of periodontal disease in an 86-year-old nonsmoking woman is presented. Consequently, clinicians should be aware of this pathology to play an important role in the early detection of gingival cancer. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2011;31:97–100.)

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