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Contemp Clin Dent. 2010 Oct;1(4):263-7. doi: 10.4103/0976-237X.76398.

Surgical treatment of odontogenic keratocyst by enucleation.

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Modern Dental College and Research Center, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. mamta_singh1974@rediffmail.com

Abstract

Although odontogenic keratocysts (OKCs) are benign, they are often locally destructive and tend to recur after conservative surgical treatment. They must therefore be distinguished from other cysts of the jaw. Keratocysts possess outpouchings and microscopic daughter cysts from which recurrences may arise. Histologic examination is essential for diagnosis since the appearances on roentgenograms and at operation usually do not reveal the true nature of the lesion. Since many non-dental surgeons and pathologists are unaware of OKCs, a case is presented in which surgical treatment was by original conservative method. Decompression causes a reduction in the cyst volume with new bone formation so that the structures impinged upon (e.g., teeth, nerves) are completely free.

KEYWORDS:

Gorlin syndrome; benign cystic neoplasm; odontogenic keratocyst; radicular cyst

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