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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 2010 August;21(2):107-10
Extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma of the maxilla: a case report
Caramanna B., Caramanna C., Briganti A., Braconi A., Solazzo L.
Division of Maxillofacial Surgery, ARNAS Civico, Di Cristina e Benfratelli, Palermo, Italy
The extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma (EMC), described as a phenotypically and genotypically distinctive entity in 1972, is a sarcoma of soft tissue characterized by a protracted clinical course. Its incidence in the maxillo-facial location is very rare; in the literature only few cases are reported. The authors discuss a case of EMC, characterized by aspects of dedifferentiation, localized at the right half of the maxilla underlining the importance of the immunohistochemical investigations.