Treatment of Malignant Triton Tumor in Zygomatic Region

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Stomatology, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an, People's Republic of China.
The Journal of craniofacial surgery (Impact Factor: 0.68). 05/2012; 23(3):e265-8. DOI: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31824e73dc
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Malignant triton tumor (MTT) is extremely rare and supposed to be highly aggressive because of high propensity for local recurrence and metastasis. To date, only about 170 cases were reported in various body locations including trunks, maxillary sinus, neck, extremities, retroperitoneal, and so on. We present a case of MTT in the zygoma with good outcome. A 27-year-old male patient with progressive swelling and pain in the right zygoma was proved to have an MTT by biopsy. Radical resection accompanying postoperative radiotherapy was adopted, and then the soft and hard tissue defects were repaired by prosthesis. The patient recovered well and was satisfied with the facial contour. At 45-month follow-up, there was no recurrence or metastasis that occurred. According to literature review, one third of MTTs appeared in the head and neck regions and seem to have a better prognosis. Radical resection is the most important remedy, and adjuvant radiotherapy could be helpful. With early finding and effective treatments, satisfactory outcome could be achieved.

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    • "The histopathology showed a transition from a neurofibroma to an MTT, making this the second report of MTT arising from a neurofibroma without NF-1. Less than 170 cases of MTT are known [5], most are among younger individuals. The age of the present patient is consistent with the tendency of the sporadic type to manifest first at the average age of 35 years [6]. "
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