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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

White spot on uvula

06/17/2008

Question:

I`m almost 17 years old. For a couple of days I`ve had a white spot that might be pus on my uvula near the tip. It doubled in size overnight. My throat is somewhat sore but I don`t have a fever so I don`t think it`s strep, although my mom works at a clinic and came in contact with someone who has strep. Do you know what the spot is and what`s casuing it?

Answer:

Without seeing the spot personally, it might represent a small benign cyst called an oral lymphoepithelial cyst. That is a lot of words for an innocuous condition, but I would recommend you see a dental specialist, such as an oral surgeon, to confirm this suspicion. Although treatment may not be necessary, it is always better to be sure than to guess incorrectly.

Good luck!

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Response by:

John R Kalmar, DMD, PhD John R Kalmar, DMD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University