Oral Biosciences & Medicine
Oral Biosci Med 2 (2005), No. 4     27. Jan. 2006
Oral Biosci Med 2 (2005), No. 4  (27.01.2006)

Page 249-251


Oral Hairy Leukoplakia in an HIV-Negative, Immunocompetent Patient
Moffat, M./Jauhar, S./Jones, M. E./MacDonald, D. G./Felix, D.H.
Oral hairy leukoplakia (OHL) is an Epstein-Barr virus-associated lesion, strongly associated with HIV infection. In recent years however OHL has also been described in iatrogenically immunosuppressed patients. Thus the lesion is no longer regarded as pathognomonic of HIV infection, but is related to immunosuppression in general. This report describes oral hairy leukoplakia in an HIV-negative immunocompetent patient using inhaled steroids.

Keywords: hairy leukoplakia, immunosuppression, corticosteroids