Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

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Diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia in a dental hospital; report of a case with severe gingival hypertrophy

M Misirlioglu, MZ Adisen, S Yilmaz


Acute myeloid leukemias (AMLs) are aggressive hematopoietic neoplasms that, if untreated, can lead to death within days. Owing to its high morbidity rate, early diagnosis and appropriate medical therapy is essential. Oral lesions may be the presenting feature of acute leukemias and are, therefore, important diagnostic indicators of the disease. Erythematous or cyanotic gingival hyperplasia with or without necrosis is reported to be the most consistent symptom leading to a diagnosis of acute leukemia that directs the patient to seek early dental consultation. This report refers to a patient with AML that was provisionally diagnosed in the dental hospital due to severe gingival enlargements.

Keywords: Acute myelocytic‑monocytic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, gingival hyperplasia, gingival overgrowth
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