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Oral Submucous Fibrosis in a 26-Year-Old Sri Lankan Man Living in South Korea
J Oral Med Pain 2017;42:81-84
Published online September 30, 2017
© 2017 Korean Academy of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

Hwa Suk Chae, Jin-Seok Byun, Jae-Kwang Jung, Jae-Kap Choi

Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea
Correspondence to: Jae-Kap Choi
Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University, 2177 Dalgubeol-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu 41940, Korea
Tel: +82-53-600-7321 Fax: +82-53-426-2195 E-mail: jhchoi@knu.ac.kr
Received August 22, 2017; Revised September 14, 2017; Accepted September 14, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
Oral submucous fibrosis (OSF) is a premalignant condition characterized by juxtaepithelial fibrosis of the oral cavity. The clinical manifestations include burning sensation to spicy food, blanched oral mucosa with palpable fibrous bands, trismus, depapillation of tongue, and dry mouth. As OSF is predominantly seen in people of the Indian subcontinent, cases of this disease have been rarely reported in South Korea. We present a case of OSF in a Sri Lankan man living in South Korea and emphasize the importance of enhancing knowledge of this disease while the number of immigrants is increasing.
Keywords : Areca nut; Oral mucosa; Oral submucous fibrosis; Precancerous condition; Trismus


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