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Oral Oncol. 2001 Apr;37(3):323-5.

Angiomyolipoma of the palate. Report of a case.

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Dental School, University of Chieti, Italy.


Angiomyolipoma (AML) is a tumour or an hamartomatous growth that usually affects the kidney. Only rarely has AML been described in the oral cavity. The authors report a case of AML located in the palate in a 43-year-old patient. AML is composed of smooth muscle cells, blood vessels and mature fat cells. In 50% of cases, AML presents with symptoms of tuberous sclerosis. Renal AML are often invasive, may involve regional nodes and may recur, while, on the contrary, AML are most often well circumscribed and easily resected. AML seems to follow an entire benign course.

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