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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 227-230

Peripheral ameloblastoma of the buccal mucosa: Case report of a rare tumor

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
2 Department of Dental Services, Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Dr. Karpal Singh Sohal
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, P. O. Box: 65001, Dar es Salaam
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ccij.ccij_93_18

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Peripheral ameloblastoma (PA) refers to a rare neoplasm that accounts for approximately 1%–5% of all ameloblastomas. It arises in the soft tissues overlying a tooth-bearing region, and those found in nontooth-bearing locations, such as the buccal mucosa, lips, and palate. This article aims at describing a case of a rare form of extragingival PA in the nontooth-bearing region and challenges in its management in settings with limited resources. A 55-year-old African male presented with a painless swelling on the right cheek for about 6 years, which was clinically diagnosed as pleomorphic adenoma; however, both pre- and postoperative histopathological results reported the swelling to be follicular ameloblastoma. Extragingival PA is a rare variant of ameloblastoma, which needs to be included as one of the differential diagnoses of the buccal mucosal swellings.

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