ABSTRACT: Sublingual salivary gland neoplasms are extremely rare, accounting for only 0.3-1% of all epithelial salivary gland tumors. Most of the sublingual tumors are malignant, adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) and mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) being the most common histological types. The coexistence of two salivary gland tumors located in different major salivary glands is uncommon.
A rare case of two simultaneous tumors of the major salivary glands, one in the sublingual and the other in the contralateral parotid gland in a female patient is reported.
The diagnostic procedure followed, and the management of the patient, is outlined in the paper.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 09/2009; 13(4):221-4.
ABSTRACT: Dermoid cysts of the floor of the mouth and submandibular space represent an unusual clinical entity.
A case of an enlarged median dermoid cyst in a young female adult causing obstruction of the airway is reported.
The need of an extraoral and intraoral incision for the removal of the cyst is discussed, along with a review of the literature.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 08/2009; 13(3):181-4.
ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to comparatively evaluate the use of a three-dimensional (3D) square-shaped plate for the treatment of mandibular angle fractures.
Synthetic mandible replicas were used to evaluate the effectiveness of the 3D square plate along with three other mandibular angle plating techniques. The plating techniques consisted of: (1) a 3D miniplate (2 x 2 holes, square, 2 mm); (2) a 3D miniplate (6 x 2 holes, curved, 2 mm); (3) two miniplates (four holes, straight, 2 mm and 1.6 mm); and (4) one single miniplate (four holes, straight, 2 mm). Each group was subjected to incisal and homolateral molar region loading by a tensile materials testing machine (Monsanto Tensometer 20). Load stiffness values and peak measurements of the fracture gap distraction at the superior aspect of the mandible were measured. The mean values (+/-standard deviation) were derived and compared using one-way analysis of variance, with statistical significance set at p < 0.05.
For homolateral molar loading, statistically significant differences existed within groups (p < 0.05). For incisal edge loading, no statistically significant differences were found for stiffness among the fixation methods tested. Gap distraction at the superior aspect of the mandible was limited for three of the groups tested.
Under the conditions tested, the 3D square plate system provided the most favorable mechanical behavior.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 07/2009; 13(3):139-44.