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A Journal on Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery
Minerva Stomatologica 2008 April;57(4):199-202
Necrotizing sialometaplasia of the palate in a cocaine-using patient. A case report
Fava M., Cherubini K., Yurgel L., Salum F., Figueiredo M. A.
Division of Stomatology and Prevention of Oral and Maxillofacial Cancer Hospital São Lucas, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
Cocaine abuse and the consequent prevalence of the damage associated with it have increased in the global population. The damage depends on the route of administration, where an important sequel of snorting is perforation of the nasal septum and palate. Necrosis of the palate, meanwhile, is also the manifestation of other diseases such as tertiary syphilis, necrotizing sialometaplasia and malignant neoplasms. The differential diagnosis of such lesions is important for determining appropriate treatment. A case of an ulcerated lesion in the palate of a cocaine-using patient whose diagnosis was necrotizing sialometaplasia is reported.