Metastatic carcinoma to the mandible that mimicked pulpal/periodontal disease.
An oral cavity metastasis from a poorly differentiated carcinoma, presumed to have originated in the pancreas, mimicked a dental abscess. An additional metastasis to the lung caused a postobstructive lobar pneumonia that masked the lesion, thereby delaying the diagnosis of malignancy. This case report illustrates how the clinical manifestations of a widely disseminated neoplasm led to initial medical confusion and subsequent dental misdiagnosis, and serves to caution of a possible pitfall in the dental evaluation of endodontic lesions.
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Selden, H. S., Manhoff, D. T., Hatges, N. A., & Michel, R. C. (1998). Metastatic carcinoma to the mandible that mimicked pulpal/periodontal disease. Journal of endodontics, 24(4), 267–270. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0099-2399(98)80111-8
Department of Dental Medicine