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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 106-109

Neoplastic potential of odontogenic cysts

1 Department of Oral Pathology, HKE'S S Nijalingappa Institute of Dental Sciences, Gulbarga, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology, SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Oral Pathology, KSR Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India

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Zama Moosvi
Department of Oral Pathology, c/o Dr Ali Raza Moosvi, Dean School of Earth Sciences, Central University of Karnataka, 2nd floor, Karya Soudha, Gulbarga University Campus, Gulbarga - 585 106, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-237X.83073

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Odontogenic cysts and tumors are distinct entities and quite a common occurrence in the jaw bones. The lining of odontogenic cysts shows a potential for neoplastic transformation to non odontogenic malignancies like squamous cell carcinoma and mucoepidermoid carcinoma, and odontogenic tumors like ameloblastoma and adenoamatoid odontogenic tumor (AOT). AOT is a benign, epithelial odontogenic tumor, common site being the anterior maxilla. Its origin from a dentigerous cyst and in the mandible is rare. A case of an AOT arising from a dentigerous cyst associated with an impacted permanent mandibular left lateral incisor is reported.

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