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Natl J Maxillofac Surg. 2011 Jul;2(2):210-3. doi: 10.4103/0975-5950.94485.

Non-Hodgkins lymphoma of maxilla: A rare entity.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Modern Dental College and Research Center, Indore, India.

Abstract

Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas are a group of neoplasms that originate from the cells of the lymphoreticular system. Forty percent of non-Hodgkin's lymphomas arise from extra nodal sites. Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas detected primarily in the bone are quite rare, but among jaw lesions, they are more frequently present in the maxilla than in the mandible. There are no classical characteristic clinical features of lymphomas involving the jaw bones. Swelling, ulcer or discomfort may be present in the region of the lymphoma, or it may mimic a periapical pathology or a benign condition. Extranodal non-Hodgkins lymphoma of the maxilla could present as one of the early manifestation of detrimental diseases. Clinically these types of lymphoma can mimic an inflammatory endo-periodontal lesion with symptoms of pain and local discomfort. The greater the delay in diagnosis subsequently worsens the prognosis. A case of maxillary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with an unusual presentation is discussed.

KEYWORDS:

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; maxilla; rare entity

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