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An Official Publication of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists


 
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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 235-243
Uncommon opportunistic fungal infections of oral cavity: A review


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, PMS College of Dental Science and Research, Vattappara, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

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A G Deepa
Post Graduate Student, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, PMS College of Dental Science and Research, Vencode P. O, Vattappara, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695 028
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-029X.140765

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The majority of opportunistic oral mucosal fungal infections are due to Candida albicans and Aspergillus fumigatus species. Mucor and Cryptococcus also have a major role in causing oral infections, whereas Geotrichum, Fusarium, Rhodotorula, Saccharomyces and Penicillium marneffei are uncommon pathogens in the oral cavity. The broad spectrum of clinical presentation includes pseudo-membranes, abscesses, ulcers, pustules and extensive tissue necrosis involving bone. This review discusses various uncommon opportunistic fungal infections affecting the oral cavity including their morphology, clinical features and diagnostic methods.


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