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Minerva Stomatologica 1999 December;48(12):621-8

language: Italian

Radiopaque lesions of the jaws

Russo A., Scotto Di Clemente S., Prota V., Iorio B., Sica G. S.


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This paper provides an overview of radiopaque lesions of the jaws after having outlined the various criteria for classification; depending on their etiology. Those lesions are generally separated into lesions with an unknown cause and lesions with a known etiology (phlogistic, dysplastic-dystrophic, tumoral). The authors give a general description of the clinical and radiographic symptoms of the main lesions. In many cases, with the exception of asymptomatic lesions with an unknown etiology, the patient presents a variable swelling that deforms the bone in question, resulting in asymmetry of the face and/or, depending on the site, nasal obstruction, mastication and speech disorders, exophthalmos with or without diplopia. The radiographic aspect of lesions and the associated laboratory and clinical findings often enable a diagnosis to be reached, but in doubtful cases diagnosis can only be confirmed by histological analysis.

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