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Fellatio-associated erythema of the soft palate: an incidental finding during a routine dental evaluation


Oral lesions can have widely variable aetiology, hence, the importance of a comprehensive history and oral examination. We describe the case of a 47-year-old man who presented with an incidental erythematous lesion of the soft palate. The diagnosis was established during a routine dental examination. We found the lesion to be associated with the practice of fellatio. Oral sex is a very common sexual practice, and as clinicians we should consider it as a potential cause of palatal lesions in our differential diagnosis. This should also raise our suspicion for sexually transmitted diseases in high-risk patients.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • medical education
  • mouth

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