UW School of Dentistry
COM April 2004
An Ulceration of the Tongue
Dolphine Oda, BDS, MSc
Dr. Neal Futran, University of Washington, School of Medicine
Case Summary and Diagnostic Information
The clinical examination revealed a 3×5 cm ulcerated white mass on the right mid-lateral border of the tongue of a male patient.
Diagnostic Information Available
History of present Illness
This is a 46-year old white male who presented at the University of Washington otolaryngology clinic with a 4-5 month history of a painful, slowly enlarging "sore" on the right lateral border of the tongue. At presentation he required Oxycodone medication for pain control.
Clinical and Radiographic Findings
The clinical examination revealed a 3×5 cm ulcerated white mass on the right mid-lateral border of the tongue that was not adherent to the mandibular alveolar ridge. The ulcer had rolled borders (Figure 1). There were no palpable lymph nodes. He was staged T3N0M0.
Figure 1. This clinical photograph represents the lesion before surgery. White, non-healing rolled-bordered ulcer on the mid lateral border of Tongue.
invading the underlying fibrous connective tissue, superficial skeletal muscle bundle and salivary gland lobules. The epithelial cells show evidence of alteration in the nuclear/cytoplasmic ratio, loss of maturation, increased mitotic activity and mild nuclear and cellular pleomorphism (Figure 4). Individual cell keratinization and keratin pearls are also present (Figure 5).
Figure 4. H & E stained section at 40X magnification demonstrating neoplastic epithelial cells of variable sizes invading the connective tissue.
Figure 5. H & E stained section at 100x magnification demonstrating neoplastic epithelial islands with keratin pearl formation and cells with hyperchromatic nuclei and prominent nucleoli.
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