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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Maxillofacial Surgery
Frequency: 3 issues
Online ISSN 1827-1901
Taglialatela Scafati C. 1, Facciuto E. 1, Taglialatela Scafati S. 1, 2, Romano S. 1, Parascandolo S. 1
1 Department of Maxillo Facial Surgery A.O.R.N. “A. Cardarelli”, Naples, Italy
2 Faculty of Medicine University Federico II, Naples, Italy
Maxillary ameloblastoma is an epithelial tumor of odontogenic origin. Although benign, in some cases it behaves in an aggressive fashion with infiltrative growth, multiple recurrence and eventual intracranial or even distant spread. Radical surgery is the best cure for this neoplasm. Less radical bone resection is indicated for lesions well-confined within the walls, especially in children. Chemotherapy is ineffective. Radiotherapy may be palliative over tumor size and pain only. The clinical features of ameloblastoma of the maxilla are reviewed and a clinical case in a 12-year-old boy is described.