A possible case of ameloblastoma in the early 20th century

Claudina V. González, Laura González Garrido, Rosa C. Ramos and Sofia N. Wasterlain are the authors of the short report “A possible case of ameloblastoma in an adult male from the early 20th century Coimbra, Portugal” published in the International Journal of Paleopathology (vol 34). The complete work can be read, HERE.

The authors discussed the differential diagnosis of an unusual lesion found in the mandible of an adult male individual (late 19th to early 20th century). A cranium from the Identified Skulls Collection Escolas Médicas of the University of Coimbra, Portugal was analyzed macroscopically and through conventional radiography. Macroscopically, a conspicuous osteolytic lesion was identified in the middle vestibular area of the mandible. The conventional radiography examination revealed a multilocular and non-expansive lesion, with undefined contours and irregular walls. These characteristics are compatible with a benign lesion, possibly an ameloblastoma or an odontogenic keratocyst.

The work contributes substantially to the knowledge of the development of cystic and tumour lesions in the past and generates a broader body of knowledge about these lesions.

A possible case of ameloblastoma in the early 20th century

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