Colposcopy in oral mucosa

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Colposcopy in oral mucosa

Abhishek Singh Nayyar*, Mubeen Khan*, Pooja Gupta**
*Department Of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Government Dental College and Research Institute, Bangalore,
Karnataka, India,
**Department Of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
**Uttar Pradesh Rural Institute of Medical Sciences,
Saifai, Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India

The incidence of premalignant lesions and oral cancers is steadily increasing globally. In spite of advancement
in early detection, there is increased mortality and morbidity related to oral cancers.1 Obviously early
diagnosis of cancer; preferably at pre-invasive stage goes a long way to cure the disease. Colposcopy is a
medical diagnostic procedure to examine an illuminated, magnified view of the cervix and the tissues of the vagina and vulva.1 Various authors have tried to adapt gynaecologic methods of examination to
the oral mucosa because of the similarities, the oral mucosa shows with the female genital mucosa.2


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