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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 83-86

Generalized gingival enlargement in non-Hodgkins lymphoma during pregnancy: A rare case report

Department of Periodontics, KLE's V. K. Institute of Dental Sciences, KLE University, Belgaum, Karnataka, India

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Shaila Kothiwale
Department of Periodontics, KLE's V. K. Institute of Dental Sciences, KLE University, Belgaum, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-5194.173223

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Lymphoma is the second most common neoplasm of the head and neck region. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) affects not only lymphoid organs but other organs and tissues that do not contain lymphoid cells. NHL cases occur extranodally and in 3% of these cases the initial presentation may be in the oral cavity. This case report presents an unusual occurrence of NHL in a young pregnant female presenting as generalized gingival enlargement which was the first and only clinical manifestation of the malignancy. CLINICAL RELEVANCE TO INTERDISCIPLINARY DENTISTRY
  • The present case emphasizes the importance of the diagnosis of gingival enlargement, as this can be the manifestation
  • Early diagnosis may allow treatment of early stage disease, resulting in a better prognosis for the patient
  • Thus, an interdisciplinary approach among periodontist, gynecologist, pathologist, and oncologist will help in precise and timely diagnosis and treatment of such malignancies.

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