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Unusual cause of tooth mobility
  1. Yazan Hassona1,
  2. Mohammad Wael Saleh1,
  3. Hamza Alkhawaldeh2 and
  4. Ruba Al Abweh1
  1. 1Faculty of Dentistry, University of Jorddan, Amman, Jordan
  2. 2Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Amman, Jordan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yazan Hassona; yazan_hasoneh{at}


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.

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