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A mass on the hard palate of an HIV-positive patient: clinical presentation

Published:December 28, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oooo.2021.12.124
      A 22-year-old male patient sought an oral medicine consultation for asymptomatic swelling of unknown duration on the hard palate. Intraoral examination revealed a multilobulated, sessile mass, measuring approximately 2.0 cm in diameter and of variegated color with discrete red, brown, and black foci on the hard palate (Figure 1). The lesion's surface was irregular and had some areas of ulceration and bleeding during manipulation. No other similar findings were observed in the oral cavity. The patient reported no other signs or symptoms and no previous history of trauma in the region. Cervical lymphadenopathy was also not detected.
      Fig 1
      Fig. 1Clinical aspect of the lesion showing a sessile mass on the hard palate. The surface is irregularly multilobulated, ulcerated, and variegated in color.
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