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Chirurgia 2018 June;31(3):90-8

DOI: 10.23736/S0394-9508.17.04751-9

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Stafne bone cavity in the anterior mandible: report of rare cases and literature review

Kaan ORHAN 1, Ingrid K. RÓŻYŁO-KALINOWSKA 2 , Nihal YETIMOGLU-OZDIL 3, Umut SEKI 1

1 Department of Dentomaxillofacial Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, Ankara University, Besevler, Ankara, Turkey; 2 Independent Unit of Propaedeutics of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland; 3 Division of Dentomaxillofacial Radiology, Bahcelievler Oral and Dental Health Center, Ministry of Health, Istanbul, Turkey


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Stafne bone cysts (SBCs) are well demarcated defects of the mandible and were first described by Stafne in 1942. The anterior location of the lesion, which was first reported in 1957 by Richard and Ziskind, is extremely rare and 7 times less frequent than the posterior variant with around 60 cases reported in the English literature. This article describes five cases of anterior Stafne bone cavities, some of which were mistaken for periapical pathology. In addition to clinical examinations, the patients were imaged using conventional panoramic radiography, and cone beam computed tomography. Differential diagnosis, treatment choices, and pathogenesis of these bone cavities are also discussed following the case presentation along with an extensive literature review.


KEY WORDS: Mandible - Bone cysts - Cone-beam computed tomography

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