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Clin Exp Otorhinolaryngol. 2012 Mar;5(1):49-52. doi: 10.3342/ceo.2012.5.1.49. Epub 2011 Feb 23.

Giant cell tumor of the mandible.

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Yonsei Head and Neck Cancer Clinic, Yonsei University Health System, Seoul, Korea.


A 53-year-old woman presented with left mandibular area pain, trismus, and facial numbness that had persisted for 4 years. Physical examination revealed a 3×5 cm, hard, non-tender, and round mass on the left mandibular area. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed an expansile tumor involving the left mandibular ramus and temporomandibular joint area with bone destruction, extending to the base of middle cranial fossa and left zygomatic bone. The mass at the segment of left mandible and zygomatic bone, and base of middle cranial fossa was removed. Pathological examination of the mass revealed a giant cell tumor. The defect was reconstructed with iliac bone for the mandible and temporal bone and fascia for the cranial bone and dura. The case is described along with a review of the literature.


Giant cell tumor; Mandible; Skull

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