Adenoid cystic carcinoma is an indolent, slow-growing tumor that may first cause low-grade pain in the affected region. This article describes a case involving adenoid cystic carcinoma of the maxilla that was present for approximately nine years. Prior to diagnosis, five dentists reported that the patient had anisocoria, migraine headaches, and low-to-moderate upper jaw pain that was refractory to conventional therapy. A surgical resection was performed; after a period of soft tissue healing, radiation therapy was initiated. The surgical defect was obturated using an interim removable prosthesis while awaiting final reconstruction by a maxillofacial prosthodontist. This article examines possible reasons why this lesion was not diagnosed sooner and discusses how this case should raise the general dentist's awareness of such lesions.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - May 2006|
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