Hecks disease: A series of Nigerian cases

  • O.M. Olanloye
  • O.E. Ayebameru
  • A.O. Adisa
  • A.A. Olusanya
  • O.O Denloye


Heck’s disease is a rare viral disease of the oral mucosa. It occurs mostly in children of diverse ethnic groups and in various geographical locations. In Nigeria, only 4 cases of Heck’s disease have been previously reported. We report additional 8 cases to add to knowledge on this entity. Five of the cases reported in this study are siblings from the same family. The male to female ratio was 1.7:1, the mean age at presentation was 5.8 years, the most significantly affected site was the lower labial mucosa and females had higher predilection for total mucosae involvement.

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