Objectives: To analyze the frequency and type of benign
orofacial lesions submitted for diagnosis at Tripoli Medical Centre over 17
years period (1997-2013). Materials and Methods: Entries for
specimens from patients were retrieved and compiled into 9 diagnostic categories
and 82 diagnoses. Results: During the 17 years period, a total of
975 specimens were evaluated, it comprised a male-female ratio of 0.76:1. The
mean age of biopsied patients was 36.3±18.32 years. The diagnostic category with
the highest number of specimens was skin and mucosal pathology (22.87%); and the
most frequent diagnosis was pyogenic granuloma (14.05%). Conclusion:
Pyogenic granuloma, lichen planus, radicular cyst and fibroepithelial polyp were
found to be the most predominant diagnoses. Frequencies of most benign orofacial
diseases were comparable to similar studies in the literature and to those
reported from the eastern region of Libya. Further surveys are needed to define
the epidemiology of orofacial diseases in Libyan population.
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