Fordyce Granules

Fordyce granules refer to ectopic sebaceous glands that appear as flat, heightened yellow grains or plaques underneath the mucosal surface. Buccal mucosa, the upper lip vermilion, the mandibular retromolar pad and tonsillar areas are the most common sites of Fordyce granules, while they could also be found in oral mucosa. Few patients may have several granules while a majority of them will have only a few. There is no particular treatment for Fordyce granules than cosmetic surgery for removing labial lesions. As a matter of fact, inflamed glands are treated only through clindamycin. In case of surgical excision, there are no chances of recurrence. There are very rare chances of neoplastic transformation.

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