Adenoid cystic carcinoma manifesting as maxillary jaw pain refractory to conventional treatment: A case report

James J. Closmann, Brian L. Schmidt, L. T.C. Closmann

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-197
Number of pages3
JournalGeneral dentistry
Volume54
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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