In this chapter diseases arising from the oral mucosa and soft tissues such as connective tissue fat tissue blood vessels nerves and also minor salivary glands will be discussed the choice has been made to follow an alphabetical order some lesions are grouped together eg fibroma and fibroma like lesions. The epithelium of the oral mucosa is thickest on the tongue dorsum and thinnest on the floor of mouth and is generally two to four times thicker than the epidermis fig 114 pathologists not familiar with this feature tend to diagnose normal mucosa as acanthosis or psoriasiform hyperplasia. Healthy oral mucosa is pink and well moisturised thanks to its protective salivary film in some cases it exhibits individual anatomical characteristics such as heterotropic sebaceous glands or white cornification disorders of the mucous membrane so called mucosal naevus. Oral surg oral med oral pathol 1981 jan 51 148 54 laskaris g oral pemphigus vulgaris an immunofluorescent study of fifty eight cases oral surg oral med oral pathol 1981 jun 51 6626 631
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