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Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 153–168 | Cite as

Radiologic appearance of primary jaw lesions in children

  • Malini Gupta
  • Sue C. Kaste
  • Kenneth P. Hopkins
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Abstract.

Background: The jaw (an unusual site of primary tumors in children and adolescents) has lesions often found incidentally by dentists on routine panoramic radiographs or during examination of a child who has swelling or tooth pain. Objective: This pictorial seeks to familiarize pediatric radiologists with the radiographic appearance of a variety of primary jaw lesions. Materials and methods: We retrospectively searched institutional records for cases of primary jaw lesions in children and adolescents. Jaw lesions were characterized as: I, well-circumscribed radiolucent lesions; II, lesions with mixed or variable appearance; III, poorly circumscribed radiolucent lesions; and IV, radiopaque lesions. Results: Although most oral and maxillofacial lesions in children are benign, a broad spectrum of tumors was identified; lesions may occur in patients with unrelated prior malignancy. Conclusion: Because radiologic studies may identify jaw lesions and direct further care, familiarity with the appearance of these entities is prudent.

Primary jaw lesions Children Radiographs 

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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Malini Gupta
    • 1
  • Sue C. Kaste
    • 1
  • Kenneth P. Hopkins
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Imaging, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale Street, Memphis, TN 38105-2794USA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Division of Dentistry, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN 38105-2794USA

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