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A Journal on Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Odontostomatology and Maxillofacial Surgery
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Minerva Stomatologica 2006 April;55(4):229-39

language: English, Italian

Central odontogenic fibroma interesting the maxillary sinus. A case report and literature survey

Cicconetti A. 1, Bartoli A. 1, Tallarico M. 1, Maggiani F. 1, Santaniello S. 1

1 Department of Oral Surgery Medicine and Pathology “La Sapienza” University of Rome School of Dentistry, Rome, Italy
2 Department of Experimental Medicine and Pathology “La Sapienza” University of RomeSchool of Dentistry, Rome, Italy


Odontogenic fibroma (OF) is a rare benign odontogenic tumor deriving from the dental mesenchymal tissue and accounting for less than 5% of all odontogenic tumors. This paper presents an aggressive histologically diagnosed central odontogenic fibroma (COF) in a 17-year-old girl characterized by asymptomatic rapid growth with massive replenishment of the left maxillary sinus. We carried out a review of the literature to retrieve all published cases of COF especially focused on radiographic aspects and surgical treatment of cases characterized by clinical aggressive behaviour, as we observed in our patient. Search strategy included retrieval of English language papers, published from 1966 to today, in dental journals on MEDLINE/PubMed and EMBASE, and hand-searching of the bibliography of retrieved papers. Sixty-nine cases of COF were identified from 1954 to 2003 and a new one was added. We have compared characteristics of COFs according to age, gender, location, clinical and radiographic findings of aggressive development, and histology. We discuss clinical and radiographic aspects of our case compared with COFs previously published. We give suggestions for surgical treatment of COF in case of aggression to important anatomical structures.

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