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J Oral Maxillofac Pathol. 2019 May-Aug;23(2):280-283. doi: 10.4103/jomfp.JOMFP_295_18.

Painless osteoid osteoma in the maxilla of an elderly female patient.

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Physician and Surgeon, Rosario University, Young Researcher Colciencias in University of Cartagena, GITOUC Research Group, Colombia.
Dentist, University of Cartagena, Periodontist, Javeriana University, Master in Education, Universidad Del Norte, Phd in Biomedical Sciences, University of Cartagena, Faculty of Dentistry Professor in University of Cartagena, GITOUC Research Group, Colombia.
Physician Specialist in Pathology, University of Cartagena, Faculty of Medicine Professor in University of Cartagena, Colombia.
Dentist, University of Cartagena, Research Assistant in GITOUC Research Group, Bolívar, Colombia.


Osteoid osteoma is an osteoblastic benign bone tumor more frequent in long bones of young male patients. It is the third most commonly diagnosed benign bone tumor and has distinctive symptomatology, nocturnal pain that relieves with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Nowadays, total resection is the preferred management. In the present paper, an unusual variant in the maxilla of a female elderly patient without previous symptomatology is exposed; it was surgically removed without signs of reappearance in 12 months of follow-up. Although it is not a common site of appearance, the manifestation of this tumor in the skull bones seems to be associated with a different pattern in contrast to the skeletal type as can be seen in the present case and others previously reported. The authors consider due to the clinical similarity between this and other tumors that it should be taken into consideration for future diagnosis dilemma.


Bone neoplasms; jaw; maxilla; osteoid osteoma

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