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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 77-82

Laser confocal refractive microscopy and early detection of oral cancer: A narrative review

Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Krishnadevaraya College of Dental Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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R J Sameen
Krishnadevaraya College of Dental Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jdrr.jdrr_47_19

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Laser confocal refractive microscopy is a modern technique that aids in the detection of early malignancies in recent years. However, it is inappropriately explored in oral oncology. To date, the gold standard for diagnosis of oral malignancies is still a biopsy for histopathological examination as this is an invasive method, and it causes discomfort for the patients. In this concern, the focus of this present article is to understand how this laser confocal microscopy could be used in the diagnosis of oral malignancies without the actual need for biopsy. Thus, it can be an effective noninvasive diagnostic aid for detecting oral malignancies.

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