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Small lymphocytic lymphoma presenting as chronic diffuse lip swelling


Although rare, small lymphocytic lymphoma can present as chronic lip swelling and papules, thus mimicking the features of orofacial granulomatosis, a chronic inflammatory disorder characterized by subepithelial noncaseating granulomas, or papular mucinosis, characterized by localized dermal mucin deposition of mucin. When assessing lip swelling, one must carefully consider the clinical clues and have a low threshold to perform a diagnostic tissue biopsy, preventing delays in treatment or progression of the lymphoma.

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