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Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2013 Feb;42(2):298-302. doi: 10.1016/j.ijom.2012.05.005. Epub 2012 Jun 2.

Osteoid osteoma associated with the teeth: unusual presentation.

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Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, Al Fateh University, Salahdin, Tripoli, Libya.


Osteoid osteoma is a rare benign osseous neoplasm which rarely affects the jaws. It is more common in long bones which can lead to postural scoliosis. The clinical characteristic feature of this tumour is the unexplained pain that is relieved by the intake of analgesics. Histologically it is characterized by the formation of central nidus with surrounding sclerotic bone. The diagnostic dilemma in this case report is aggravated by its unusual association with the teeth. The use of CT scanning is advised to distinguish from other odontogenic tumours. Treatment for this tumour is surgical removal or excisional biopsy to avoid recurrence and progression to malignant changes.

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