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Haemangioendothelioma is an uncommon vascular tumour with biological behaviour intermediate between haemangioma and angiosarcoma that can affect any site in the oral cavity. It often appears as a painless erythematous or purplish nodule, and can erode into underlying bone. Wide local excision with close follow-up is the treatment of choice because of the unpredictable biological behaviour and recurrent potential.


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Figure 1: A 1.5 X 1 cm sessile growth on the tip of tongue in a 38–year-old woman. Ulcerating haemangioendothelioma was confirmed on excision biopsy.
Figure 2: Ventral view of the tongue of the same patient.
Figure 3: Intraoral picture of a patient with haemangioendothelioma.
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