's Most Common Pathologies to Know for the INBDE
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    Key Takeaway

    We created a high-yield list of the most common pathologies and associations that you should know before taking the INBDE.

    • Benign salivary gland tumor: Pleomorphic adenoma
    • Salivary gland malignancy: Mucoepidermoid carcinoma
    • HPV involved in cervical cancer, oropharyngeal cancer, and other cancers: HPV 16 and HPV 18 
    • Malignant tumor of pigment producing cells: Melanoma 
    • Finding in patients Epstein Barr virus or HIV patients: Oral hairy leukoplakia
    • Finding in the mandibular canine-premolar region along the lateral root surface of a vital tooth:  Lateral periodontal cyst
    • Bacteria for dental caries: Streptococcus mutans
    • Lesion that arises during periods of hormonal flux (i.e. pregnancy or puberty): Pyogenic granuloma
    • Ethnic/demographic group affected by periapical cemento-osseous dysplasia: Middle aged black females
    • Location of periapical cemento-osseous dysplasia: Mandibular anterior teeth
    • Demographic and location affected by peripheral ossifying fibroma: Maxillary anterior gingiva on young adults and kids
    • Location of KCOT (keratocystic odontogenic tumor): Posterior ascending ramus of mandible
    • Odontogenic cyst: Radicular cyst
    • Teeth associated with dentigerous cyst: Canines and third molars
    • Location of mucocele: Lower labial mucosa
    • Location of ranula: Floor of the mouth
    • Location of nasopalatine cyst: Anterior hard palate posterior to the maxillary central incisors
    • Location of squamous cell carcinoma: Lateral border of the tongue
    • Sign of pemphigus vulgaris: Nikolsky sign
    • Calcified mass in the maxillary sinus: Antrolith
    • Mass found on the midline of the neck and moves during swallowing: Thyroglossal duct cyst
    • Neoplasm in the oral cavity: Fibroma
    • Presents on the anterior two-thirds of the tongue as a pebbly surface with numerous translucent vesicles: Lymphangioma
    • Location of granular cell tumor: Dorsal part of the tongue
    • Location of osteonecrosis of the jaw: Posterior mandible 
    • Bacteria to cause peptic ulcer disease: H. Pylori
    • Transposition: Maxillary canine with 1st premolar 
    • Location of dens invaginatus: Permanent maxillary laterals
    • Opportunistic oral infection: Candidiasis
    • Denture related oral pathologies: Epulis fissuratum and inflammatory papillary hyperplasia
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