Any lesion or area of discoloration in the mouth needs a biopsy if it is not going away. The biopsy is necessary so the tissue can be examined and tested by a specialist called a pathologist. Based on the report from the pathologist, we can determine if further treatment is necessary.
Common Causes of Throat Lesions:
A wide variety of benign lesions can affect the mouth and throat. Some lesions can be malignant. There are also some skin diseases that can affect the lining of the mouth and throat.
Common Symptoms of Throat Lesions:
Pain, bleeding, or no symptoms at all.
Fortunately, most lesions of the mouth can be biopsied or even removed under local anesthesia by Dr. Davis in the office. The procedure does not take long and any post procedure discomfort is controlled with prescription medications or by sucking on ice. Complete healing usually occurs within the week. At your follow up appointment, we will review the result from the lab that is generated by the pathologist to determine whether further treatment is necessary. Larger masses and smaller lesions in children may need to be removed in the operating room by Dr. Davis.
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed*