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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1031

Tumor of the maxilla-odontogenic or glandular? A diagnostic challenge and the role of immunohistochemical markers

1 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, College of Dentistry, Government Dental College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Faculty of Dentistry, Basic Dental Sciences, Al-Hawaiyah, Taif University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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B S Manjunatha
Faculty of Dentistry, Basic Dental Sciences, Al-Hawaiyah, Taif University, Taif
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.147387

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Today's practice in medicine has reached remarkable change mainly due to the advances in the field. Odontogenic tumors represent a spectrum of lesions ranging from hamartomas to benign and malignant neoplasms. Rarely, odontogenic tumors pose a challenge due to varied histological features. But appropriate and accurate diagnosis is crucial for further treatment and follow-up as these have an influence on the prognosis. In such situations, immunohistochemical. (IHC) markers play a significant role in the differentiating various lesions. Within its palette of histology, there are multiple histopathological presentations, many a times these features come in an intermixed pattern simulating different origin. We here, report such a case presented in a 70-year-old female came with a complaint of swelling in the posterior maxilla. The microscopic findings were indicative of a benign neoplasm. To know the nature of the lesion and arrive at a diagnosis, many IHC markers were used. Based on all these findings, a final diagnosis of unicystic ameloblastoma was arrived.

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