We describe a case of a 71-year-old otherwise healthy man who presented to the dental clinic with the chief complaint of mobility involving his upper left molar teeth. The patient was a febrile, and clinical oral examination revealed localised grade II mobility and absence of gingival swelling, erythema or sinus tract. Orthopantogram revealed a poorly defined radiolucency involving the upper left second and third molar teeth. Surgical exploration of the involved area was performed and revealed the presence of a ‘jelly like’ brown tissue that fragments easily. Pathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of diffuse large B cell lymphoma.
- cancer - see oncology
- dentistry and oral medicine
- malignant disease and immunosuppression
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Contributors YH: diagnosed the case, wrote he manuscript, reviewed the literature and managed the patient. MWS: contributed to case diagnosis. HK: literature review. RAA: histopathological diagnosis of the case.
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 Obtained.
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