Delay in the Diagnosis of Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Misuse of Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) in Dentistry: Case Report

2024 • Volume 18 • Issue 2

Gabriele Gonçalves de Lima; Beatriz Borba Barros Bernardo; William José Silva e Filho; José Brasiliense Holanda & Aurora Karla de Lacerda Vidal



This case report highlights the delay in the diagnosis of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and the inappropriate use of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in dentistry. OSCC is a malignant neoplasm that affects the oral cavity and can have severe consequences if not diagnosed and treated appropriately and promptly. The patient presented with a persistent oral lesion that was initially diagnosed as a traumatic injury and treated with LLLT, which led to a delay in the correct diagnosis of OSCC. The case emphasizes the importance of early detection and proper management of oral lesions to prevent the progression of malignant conditions. It also emphasizes the need for professional knowledge regarding the applicability of LLLT in dental practice. Dental professionals should be vigilant in recognizing suspicious oral lesions and promptly refer patients for further evaluation and appropriate treatment to ensure optimal outcomes.

KEY WORDS: oncology, low-level laser, oral diagnosis.


How to cite this article

GONÇALVES DE LIMA, G.; BORBA BARROS BERNARDO, B.; SILVA E FILHO, W. J.; BRASILIENSE HOLANDA, J. & DE LACERDA VIDAL, A. K. Delay in the diagnosis of oral squamous cell carcinoma and misuse of low-level laser therapy (lllt) in dentistry: Case report. Int. J. Odontostomat., 18(2):214-218, 2024.


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