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Fordyce's disease

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Enlarged ectopic sebacous glands in the mucosa of the mouth (lips, cheek, tongue) and genitals. They appear as small yellow spots, 1-2 mm in diameter, called Fordyce’s spots. Localization may vary. They are asymptomatic and present in the majority of people. Etiology unknown.


  • J. A. Fordyce:
    A peculiar affection of the mucous membrane of the lips and the oral cavity.
    Journal of Cutaneous and Genitourinary Diseases, Chicago, 1896, 14: 413-419.

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