Odontogenic choristomas are a rare and recently classified entity, defined as neoplasms containing tissues of odontogenic derivation, found in abnormal locations and usually diagnosed in the early age. The authors report a unique case of a 79-year-old patient who presented to our attention for a skin lesion in the right cheek with no history of trauma or recent dental procedures, that underneath presented an indolent tooth-like structure inside the soft tissue of the right cheek, which at the histological study resulted to be an odontogenic choristoma. This rare histopathological diagnosis should be considered when a hard lesion is present in the head and neck region.
- dentistry and oral medicine
- radiology (diagnostics)
- oral and maxillofacial surgery
- head and neck surgery
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Contributors SB participated in acquiring patient data, performing surgery and in the patient follow up, participated in collection of photographs and in article composition; FR performed surgical specimen histopathological analysis and diagnosis; GG and PG participated in article composition and correction.
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.
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