What is a Squamous Papilloma?
Squamous papillomata (SP) are common warty growths found in the mouth (they account for 3 - 4% of all biopsied
oral soft tissue lesions).
SP’s of the mouth occurs at all ages of life but is usually diagnosed in persons between 30 - 50 years of age.
There is no gender predilection and any surface of the mouth may be affected (most commonly though on the
tongue, lips or cheek surfaces).
What is the Cause of a Squamous Papilloma?
Many are thought to be due to viral infection of the skin by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a commonly
occurring virus that is also responsible for the common wart (Verruca Vulgaris).
Whilst all HPV lesions are infective, the SP appears to have an extremely low virulence and infectivity rate; it does
not seem to be contagious.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Typical presentation of the SP is of painless, solitary or multiple nodules measuring between 0.5cm to 3cm.
It is usually white but sometimes pink and has long or short surface projections with rounded or pointed ends. It
often is on a stalk and only one lesion is usually found. Once present, it remains indefinitely.
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|Last Updated 30th December 2019