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A Nodule of the Palate


Behnam Eslami, DDS; Mark A. Lerman, DMD; Nathaniel S. Treister, DMD, DMSc; Sook Bin Woo, DMD, MMSc; William R. Welch, MD


The following Case Challenge is provided in conjunction with the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

A 72-year-old Caucasian female presented for evaluation of a painless palatal lesion. She described it as a soft bump and had been aware of its presence for six months before bringing it to the attention of her general dentist, who referred her for a biopsy. The patient denied smoking and there was no known history of trauma.

After you have finished reviewing the available diagnostic information, make the diagnosis.

Case Author(s)

Dr. Eslami is a Resident in Oral Pathology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA, USA. His research interest is focused on bone biology. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

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