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Lesions affecting the hard palate - possible cancer of the hard palate
Most lesions are benign. The most common are minor salivary gland tumours which may be treated by excision.
Adenoid cystic carcinomas may need to be widely excised as these lesions can spread into the cranium along the perineural spaces of the greater palatine nerves.
Squamous carcinoma is uncommon and may represent an extension of a maxillary carcinoma. Palectomy and subsequent radiotherapy is often indicated. Any defect in the palate may be filled with a dental obturator.
Consider oral exotosis (oral tori) in the differential diagnosis of possible cancer of the hard palate.
Tori are benign bony outgrowths from the mandible and hard palate: