J Korean Soc Ther Radiol Oncol.  2005 Sep;23(3):194-200.

The Role of Postoperative Radiotherapy for Ameloblastic Carcinoma of the Mandible: Case Report

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Radiation Oncology, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea. rokwt@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea.

Abstract

An ameloblastic carcinoma is a very rare odontogenic malignant tumor, which sometimes have a benign clinical nature, but typically have aggressive features, with large ulcerative lesion and extensive local destruction. These clinical characteristics make the complete surgical removal of a tumor difficult. As a consequence, a poor prognosis may result due to local recurrence and distant metastasis. For this reason, it is important to consider adjuvant therapies for high-risk ameloblastic carcinoma patients. Here, the case of a recurrent ameloblastic carcinoma that occurred in the mandible after primary surgery is reported. The lesion was treated with further local excision, followed by postoperative radiotherapy. Also, a few remarks on the role of postoperative radiotherapy in patient with ameloblastic carcinoma have been made from a review of the current literatures on the treatment of this type of lesion.

Keyword

Ameloblastic carinoma; Postoperative radiotherapy

MeSH Terms

Ameloblasts*
Humans
Mandible*
Neoplasm Metastasis
Prognosis
Radiotherapy*
Recurrence
Ulcer
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