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Minerva Stomatologica 2006 January-February;55(1-2):67-75

Copyright © 2005 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Localized bacillary angiomatosis in the oral cavity: observations about a neoplasm with atypical behavior. Description of a case and review of the literature

Tucci E. 1, della Rocca C. 2, Santilli F. 3

1 Department of Dentistry and Stomatology Faculty of Medicine and Surgery I La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy 2 Department of Experimental Medicine and Pathology Faculty of Medicine and Surgery I La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy 3 Private Dental Practice, Rome, Italy


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Bacillary angiomatosis is a rather frequent infectious pathology appearing mainly in the skin but can also affect the liver, spleen, heart, bones, lungs, muscles, central nervous system and other organs. The localization of the lesion in the oral cavity is rather rare, as it is evident in the literature. Bacillary angiomatosis can be clinically similar to the Kaposi’s sarcoma and histologically confused with angiosarcoma, epitheloid hemangioma and pyogenic granuloma. A case of bacillary angiomatosis of the oral cavity in an immuno-competent patient is described. The high tendency to relapse, the capability in migration and to involve several localizations at the same time have induced the authors to deepen the research to exclude the possibility that it could be a Kaposi’s sarcoma or a pyogenic granuloma and to get to an accurate diagnosis in order to resolve the disease.

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