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Case report
Mandibular odontogenic myxoma in a paediatric patient
  1. Raymond Patrick Shupak and
  2. Jason J Cho
  1. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Raymond Patrick Shupak; rpshupak{at}


Odontogenic myxoma (OM) are benign, locally aggressive tumours that are rarely found in the paediatric maxillofacial region. OMs derive from mesenchymal odontogenic tissue. We describe the management of a 3-year-old girl who presented with a large right-sided mandibular lesion. Her treatment included conservative excision, curettage and peripheral ostectomy. A literature review was performed which calls into question the dogmatic practice of resection with 1 to 1.5 cm margins. Treatment approaches to the OM could potentially be altered in the paediatric patient.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • ear
  • nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • mouth
  • pathology
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery

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  • Contributors RPS and JJC both contributed to the patient care, write-up and editing of this manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer-reviewed.