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BC oral pathology case No. 41: The lesion that never changed

May 17, 2019
In this oral pathology case, Dr. Stacey Gividen examines a radiopaque s-/oval-shaped lesion on the lower right side of the mandible that didn’t change appreciably within six years.

Case history

Six years ago, a healthy 30-year-old female presented for a new-patient exam. She had no concerns or issues. The patient recently had tooth No. 3 removed and was returning for a full assessment.

Radiographic assessment revealed a radiopaque s-/oval-shaped lesion on the right side of the mandible just inferior to the apical roots of tooth No. 31 (figure 1). The patient reported no sensitivities or tenderness in the area and was unaware of any potential pathology. Previous panoramic radiographs were not obtainable. At that time, we explained to the patient that we would reexamine the lesion with a subsequent radiograph in the next year to assess for any changes.

Presentation and clinical exam

Six years later (the patient left the area and then returned), the patient presented to my office for updates with a chief complaint of caries on her wisdom teeth and a desire to have them removed. A new panoramic radiograph was taken. The lesion on the lower right side of the mandible was noted as still present with no significant changes in shape or size (figure 2).

Given the information here, what would your recommendation for this patient be?

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Editor's note: This article originally appeared in Breakthrough Clinical, a clinical specialties newsletter from Dental Economics and DentistryIQ.

Stacey L. Gividen, DDS, a graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry, is in private practice in Hamilton, Montana. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Montana in the Anatomy and Physiology Department. Dr. Gividen is the editorial director of Endeavor Business Media’s clinical dental specialties e-newsletter, Breakthrough Clinical,and a contributing author for DentistryIQPerio-Implant Advisory, and Dental Economics. She also serves on the Dental Economics editorial advisory board. You may contact her at [email protected].