|Fibro-Epithelial Polyps &
(Irritation Fibromas, Focal Fibrous
Hyperplasia & Fibrous Epulides)
What are Fibro-Epithelial Polyps?
A Fibro-Epithelial Polyp is a very common, firm, painless
swelling found mainly on the inside of the cheeks, lips and
tongue. It represents a reactive, localised ‘scarring’ due to
trauma or local irritation.
What are the Signs & Symptoms of a Fibro-Epithelial Polyp?
It may have a narrow stalk or be a flat mass; its size can
vary from a few millimetres to more than 1cm across.
Once established, the polyp doesn't appear to grow in size
with time (unless repeatedly traumatised). Occasionally,
the surface is white due to mild Frictional Keratosis
(thickening of the skin in response to chronic
|Photos of FEP & Oral Fibroma on the right tongue & cheek
|What are the causes of Fibro-Epithelial Polyp?
They are thought to be caused by minor trauma cheep or
A wide age range of people can be affected by these
How are they treated?
They can be left but normally they are surgically removed.
Do they come back?
They tend not to recur unless the predisposing factors
(such as cheek or lip biting) initiate a new polyp.
|Last Updated 18th August 2010