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An asymptomatic swelling of the hard palatal mucosa

  • Richard J. Vargo
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    Corresponding author: Richard J. Vargo
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    Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Specialty Care Unit, A.T. Still University–Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, St. Louis, MO, USA

    Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

    Department of Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA
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  • Katherine J. Robbins
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    Department of Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA
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  • Daniel C. Stoeckel
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    Department of Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

    Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Center for Advanced Dental Education, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA
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Published:February 12, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oooo.2022.02.001
      A 71-year-old woman presented to the St. Louis Dental Center with a swelling of the left posterolateral hard palatal mucosa. The swelling was asymptomatic, and the patient reported that she first noticed it 1 month before presentation and evaluation. Her medical history was significant for diabetes mellitus type 2, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and trochanteric bursitis of the left hip. Her current medications included hydrochlorothiazide, losartan, metformin, pravastatin, and meloxicam. The patient denied use of tobacco products or history of trauma to the affected area. She also denied any history of night sweats, fatigue, fever, malaise, or sudden weight loss.
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