Infected lingual osseous choristoma. Report of a case and review of literature

Department of Head and Neck/Maxillofacial Surgery, Greek Anticancer Institute, St. Savvas Hospital, 171 Alexandras Avenue, Athens, 115 22, Greece.
Medicina oral, patologia oral y cirugia bucal (Impact Factor: 1.17). 11/2008; 13(10):E627-32.
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Osseous choristoma is a rare, benign lesion of the oral cavity occurring usually in the tongue. It appears as a tumorous mass of normal bony structure with mature cells in an ectopic position. The case of a 72 years Caucasian male is presented and analyzed along with 52 similar cases reported in the English literature between 1967 and 2007. Lingual choristoma shows a female predilection, whereas the commonest anatomic location is the posterior third of the tongue, occurring at or close to the foramen caecum and the circumvallate papillae. Histologically the lesions show signs of a well-circumscribed mass of vital bone located under the surface oral epithelium. Some lesions represent developmental malformations, whereas others may be reactive lesions after trauma or chronic irritation. Treatment of lingual osseous choristoma consists of simple excision.

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