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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2011, Article ID 670679, 4 pages
Case Report

Nevus of Ota with Rare Palatal Involvement: A Case Report with Emphasis on Differential Diagnosis

1Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Sudha Rustagi Dental College, Faridabad 121002, India
2Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, PDM Dental College, Bahadurgarh 124507, India

Received 18 May 2011; Accepted 20 June 2011

Academic Editors: M. T. Martins, A. Milosevic, A. V. Ritter, and M. J. Wahl

Copyright © 2011 Gaurav Sharma and Archna Nagpal. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Nevus of Ota, a dermal melanocytic nevus, is rare in the Indian subcontinent. It presents as a brown, blue, or gray patch on the face and is within the distribution of the ophthalmic and maxillary branches of the trigeminal nerve. The oral cavity is infrequently involved in nevus of Ota. Only 11 cases have been documented in the English literature. We report a rare case of intraoral nevus of Ota in a 22-year-old male patient. This paper focuses on the differential diagnosis of oral manifestations of nevus of Ota to assist in proper followup to avert malignant transformation.