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ITALIAN JOURNAL OF MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
Rivista di Chirurgia Maxillo-Facciale
Official Journal of the Italian Society of Maxillofacial Surgery
Italian Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery 2009 Dicembre;20(3):191-4
Osteoma of the mandible: case report
Denes S. A., Tieghi R., Consorti G., Galiè M.
Unit of Cranio Maxillo Facial Surgery, Centre for Craniofacial Deformities and Orbital Surgery, S. Anna Hospital and University, Ferrara, Italy
Osteoma is a slow-growing benign bone tumor characterized by proliferation of either compact or cancellous bone in an endosteal or periosteal location. The mandible and paranasal sinuses are more frequently involved in the maxillofacial region. The most common sites of the mandible are the lingual aspect of the body, the angle, and the condyle. The age at which the lesions are first identified range between 15 and 75 yr, the majority being noticed after the age of 25 yr. Clinically, this neoplasm may be silent for years without any symptoms and diagnosed only when it becomes big enough or observed coincidentally during radiological investigations or like in this case report when a patient complains of esthetic problems and presents for treatment. This paper reports a case of mandibular osteoma in a 43-year-old female patient located in the anterior mandibular region.