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Innocuous presentation of ameloblastic carcinoma
  1. Swagatika Panda1,
  2. Rupsa Das2,
  3. Diksha Mohapatra1 and
  4. Neeta Mohanty1
  1. 1Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Siksha O Anusandhan deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
  2. 2Oral Medicine & Radiology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Siksha O Anusandhan deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Neeta Mohanty; neetamohanty{at}


Ameloblastic carcinoma is a rare malignant odontogenic neoplasm that exhibits diverse clinical and radiological presentations. In fact there are several differential diagnoses during histopathological evaluation too. Lack of adequate reports could not establish the predominant demographic, clinical and radiological presentations. For the same reasons, the role of adjuvant radiotherapy and chemotherapy is also unsubstantiated yet. This case discusses the innocuous clinical and radiological presentation of ameloblastic carcinoma in a 55-year-old man where the diagnostic confirmation was achieved through histopathological evaluation. The differential diagnoses, treatment and follow-up details of this case are discussed in light of the previous published case reports and systematic reviews of case reports in an attempt to increase the sensitisation among dentists towards ameloblastic carcinoma.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • pathology
  • head and neck cancer

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  • Contributors RD examined the patient and performed the investigations. NM and SP performed the histopathological evaluation, and DM prepared the manuscript along with SP.

  • 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.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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