Multifocal Melanoacanthoma of the Gingiva and Hard Palate

  • Brooks J
  • Sindler A
  • Papadimitriou J
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BACKGROUND: Gingival melanoacanthoma is an uncommon reactive lesion, typically appearing as a solitary pigmented macule. This article reports a previously undescribed case of multifocal melanoacanthoma affecting the maxillary and mandibular gingiva and the hard palate. A literature review of melanoacanthoma of the gingiva is also provided. METHODS: An otherwise healthy 60-year-old white female sought care for a periodic dental prophylaxis. The intraoral examination was remarkable for numerous painless, brown macular lesions in all four gingival quadrants and on the hard palate (eight on the gingiva and six on the palate). The lesions ranged in size from 2 to 4 mm. The patient had only been aware of one of these lesions, estimating its existence to be

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  • John K. Brooks

  • Arnold J. Sindler

  • John C. Papadimitriou

  • Laurie A.P. Francis

  • Mark A. Scheper

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