Answer of October 2010


Clinical History:

A 28-year-old lady with history of right mandibular tumour with resection done during childhood, presented with gradual onset of painless right mandibular swelling for 3 years.

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Ameloblastoma is a benign, but locally aggressive odontogenic lesion. It commonly arises from the ramus and posterior body of the mandible. Typically, it is a mixed cystic and solid lesion with soap-bubble appearance, and its associated with the crown of an impacted or unerupted tooth, resorption of the adjacent root of a tooth is also a common finding. However, they can vary in the radiological appearance, some of them are very well-defined, unilocular, well-corticated, lucent lesions that are often associated with the crowns of impacted or unerupted teeth, as a result, such ameloblastomas are indistinguishable from odontogenic keratocysts and dentigerous cyst radiologicaly. Other ameloblastomas are multilocular with internal septa and a honey-comb or soap bubble appearance and are often similar in appearance to odontogenic keratocysts. In most of the cases, radiological features are unable to make a definitive diagnosis, so these lesions should be surgically removed and examined microscopically to accurately establish the diagnosis.