Oral human papilloma virus infection: An overview of clinical-laboratory diagnosis and treatment

G. Orru, A. Mamelp, C. Demontis, P. Rossi, D. Ratto, A. Occhinegro, V. Piras, L. Kuqi, M. Berretta, R. Taibi, A. Scano, P. Coni

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OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review is to describe the "hot points" of current clinical governance for oral HPV comprising the use of new diagnostic molecular procedures, namely, Pyrosequencing and Next Generation Sequencing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The data on oral HPV was collected through two levels of research. First for all, we used the canonical medical search engines, PubMed, and Medline, followed by the study of current commercial tools for HPV diagnosis, particularly within commercial companies involved in the molecular procedures for HPV detecting and genotyping. RESULTS: Different medical procedures are now described and used throughout the world in HPV diagnosis and treatment. However, the laboratory methods are often validated and used for genital infections, and, in these cases, data are missing in the literature as regards the clinical approach for oral lesions. CONCLUSIONS: Dental care units are often the front line for a clinical evaluation of a possible HPV lesion in the oral cavity, which means that correct clinical governance could avoid a viral neoplastic progression of this disease with great advantages for the patient. In this case, the problem is due to the difficulty in lesion recognition but also and more especially the absence of correct laboratory diagnosis and subsequent treatment in the clinical course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8148-8157
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Clinical features
  • Human papilloma virus
  • Laboratory tests
  • Oral infections
  • Oral pathology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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