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Tooth in the nose: Unusual presentation of a misdiagnosed maxillary ossifying fibroma

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December 15, 2011
by Ozan Bagis Ozgursoy, MD, Duygu Kankaya, MD, Mustafa Balcioglu, MD, Cem Ungor, DMD, and Babur Kucuk, MD

Abstract

Fibro-osseous lesions involving the paranasal sinuses are uncommon, and making a determination of their histologic type is challenging. Correlating clinical and surgical findings with radiologic and histologic characteristics is essential for making a definitive diagnosis. We describe a case of misdiagnosed maxillary ossifying fibroma presenting as a solitary mass that completely filled and enlarged the left maxillary sinus. Another interesting finding was the presence of a molar tooth embedded in the tumor. We briefly comment on the genesis, natural course, and differential diagnosis of this lesion.

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