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Aphthous ulceration

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Aphthous ulcers are painful, shallow ulcers on the tongue or mucosal surface of the mouth. The ulcer starts as a small vesicle which then breaks down. Healing occurs without scarring.

Apthous ulcers are relatively common occurring in about 20% of the population, and in women more than men.

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