Your browser does not support javascript:   Search for gard hereSearch for news-and-events here.


Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.


Newline Maker

How might leukoplakia be treated?

For most people, removing the source of irritation is important and often causes the lesion to disappear.[1] For example, if tobacco use is thought to be the cause, stopping tobacco use usually clears the condition.[2] Dental causes such as rough teeth or fillings should be treated as soon as possible.[1] When this is not effective or if the lesions show early signs of cancer, treatment may include removing the patches.[2] The lesion is usually removed in the health care provider's office using local anesthesia. Leukoplakia on the vulva is treated in the same way as oral lesions.[1] Recurrences are common, so follow-up visits with a physician are recommended.[2]
Last updated: 5/21/2012

  1. Leukoplakia. MedlinePlus. July 20, 2011; Accessed 5/21/2012.
  2. Leukoplakia. Mayo Clinic. November 2, 2010; Accessed 5/21/2012.

Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • lists trials that are studying or have studied Leukoplakia. Click on the link to go to to read descriptions of these studies.