Central Odontogenic Fibroma Associated with Eruption Disturbance of a Permanent Incisor in a Six-Year-Old Girl
Nakamura Y1*, Masuda K2, Yamaza H3, Nonaka K4
1 Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Biological Science, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Gakkocho-dori, Chuo-ku, Niigata, Japan.
2 Lecturer, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Special Needs Dentistry, Kyushu University Hospital, Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka, Japan.
3 Lecturer,Department of Dental Science, Kyushu University, Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka, Japan.
4 Professor,Department of Dental Science, Kyushu University, Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka, Japan.
Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Biological Science,
Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences,
Received: February 11, 2016; Accepted: March 03, 2016; Published: March 08, 2016
Citation: Nakamura Y, Masuda K, Yamaza H, Nonaka K (2016) Central Odontogenic Fibroma Associated with Eruption Disturbance of a Permanent Incisor in a Six-Year-Old Girl. Int J Dentistry Oral Sci. 03(3), 205-208.DOI : dx.doi.org/10.19070/2377-8075-1600043
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Dentists occasionally encounter unilocular radiolucent lesions that may be associated with a wide spectrum of conditions in the jaw. Central odontogenic fibroma (COF) is a rare fibroblastic neoplasm of the jaw, which presents asa wellcircumscribed unilocular radiolucent lesion often associated with an impacted tooth. Histologically, COF is composed of collagenous fibrous connective tissue containing varying amounts of inactive odontogenic epithelium. Based on the clinical, radiological and histological characteristics, COF is not easily differentiated from an enlarged dental follicle, or a fibromatous or cystic lesion of jaw. We describe a case of a 6-year-old girl with a unilocular radiolucent lesion around the crown of the impacted right permanent central incisor in the maxilla. In addition to clinical and radiological examination, an incisional biopsy was performed to make a diagnosis of COF and to determine the best treatment, which included a surgical procedure and postoperative occlusal guidance. The patient was followed up for 8 years and developed a satisfactory anterior occlusion with no signs of recurrence of the COF. Differential diagnosis and surgical procedures for COF associated with tooth eruption in a young child are discussed.
Central odontogenic fibroma (COF) is a rare fibroblastic neoplasm in the jaw, characterized by varying amounts of inactivelooking odontogenic epithelium embedded in a mature fibrous stroma [1-3]. Radiographically, it usually appears as a unilocular radiolucency with well-defined borders, and is often associated with an unerupted or displaced tooth. It is often confused with dental follicles of developing tooth germs or cystic lesions of the jaw [4-9], because periapical inflammation of the necrotic pulp of deciduous teeth occasionally appears to spread over the dental follicle of developing permanent successors. Therefore, comprehensive assessment of clinical, radiological and histological findings is particularly important in a radiolucent lesion associated with atooth germ in a child to make a proper diagnosis and choose the best treatment.
This case report describes a COF found in the anterior maxilla of a child with a mixed dentition. The lesion involved both the root of a non-vital deciduous tooth and the crown of an unerupted permanent successor, and resembled an inflammatory maxillary cystcommonly observed during the mixed dentition period . An incisional biopsy, in combination with clinical and radiological examinations, was helpful in making a diagnosis of COF. This was followed by surgical treatment and postoperative eruption guidance.
A 6-year-old Japanese girl was referred to our hospital by a general dentist who suspected a developmental anomaly of the tooth germs of the permanent incisors in the right maxilla. She had no systemic disorders, no problems of growth and development, and no history of dental trauma. The intraoral examination revealed fused right maxillary deciduous incisors with a resin restoration (Figure 1). There was no pain, swelling, redness or other inflammatory signs in the gingiva in this region. In the left maxilla, a permanent central incisor had started erupting and a deciduouslateral incisor was still present.
Panoramic and periapical radiographs showed a small radiolucency associated with the partially resorbed roots of the fused deciduous incisors (Figure 2). The unerupted maxillary right permanent central incisor was suspected to be involved in the lesion. Radiopaque material was found in the pulp of the fused deciduous incisors, indicating previous endodontic therapy. The tooth germ of the maxillary right permanent lateral incisor was missing. A computed tomograph revealed that a small and welldefined radiolucent lesion was associated with the root of the fused deciduous incisors as well as the crown of the unerupted permanent central incisor displaced in a labial ectopic position (Figure 3). Based on these findings, a clinical diagnosis of maxillary cyst or neoplasm involving the unerupted maxillary permanent central incisor was made. Eruption of the maxillary right permanent central incisor was thought to have been interfered with by the radiolucent lesion around the root of the fused deciduous incisors. The maxillary right permanent lateral incisor was suspected to be congenitally missing.
Figure 2. Periapical radiograph of the anterior maxilla and panoramic radiograph at the initial visit
For a differential diagnosis, an incisional biopsy was performed in combination with extraction of the fused maxillary right deciduous incisors. Under local anesthesia, the deciduous incisors were extracted followed by excision of pathologic tissue to partially expose the crown of the unerupted maxillary right permanent central incisor (Figure 4). The lesion inside was solid. Microscopic examination of the excised tissue showed dense fibrous connective tissue including islets and strands of odontogenic epithelium (Figure 5). The odontogenic epithelium did not include a peripheral layer of cuboidal or columnar cells, or stellate reticulum. There was no surface epithelial layer, myxoid change, or calcific deposits. Based on these histopathological findings, a diagnosis of COF was established.
Figure 5. Low (40X) and high (100X) magnification showing the histopathological appearance of the biopsy sample (hematoxylin and eosin staining).
COF has limited growth potential, and the prognosis is good after enucleation with bone curettage [1-3]. In the present case, the maxillary right permanent central incisor was affected and the ipsilateral permanent lateral incisor was missing. Therefore, we decided to preserve the affected permanent central incisor for physiological and esthetic development of the anterior occlusion. Under general anesthesia, the residual pathological tissue was enucleated and the bone was curetted as completely as possible without injuring the affected permanent central incisor. In addition, an orthodontic button was attached to the exposed lingual enamel of the right permanent central incisor for postoperative traction. Microscopic examination of the residual lesion confirmed the diagnosis of COF. One month after the surgery, a device for orthodontic traction was applied to the affected permanent central incisor (Figure 6). Two months later, the central incisor began toerupt. The tooth was guided towards the occlusal plane and erupted into a normal position 4 months after the beginning of traction. The device was then replaced by a lingual arch as a space retainer. The postoperative course was uneventful (Figure 7). The patient was followed up for 8 years, and developed an acceptable anterior occlusion with no signs of recurrence.
Figure 6. Intraoral appearance after the surgery. At the beginning of postoperative traction (A). After 2 months, the affected permanent central incisor has begun to erupt (B). After 4 months of traction (C)
In children with mixed dentition, unilocular and well-defined radiolucent lesions occasionally occur around deciduous teeth as well as permanent tooth germs. Although a wide spectrum of conditions exhibit these radiographic features, benign odontogenic lesions, such as radicular cysts or dentigerous cysts, are more frequent [11, 12]. Many can be diagnosed based on the clinical and radiographic findings, and conservative treatment, such as marsupialization or simple enucleation, leads to a satisfactory outcome. However, all excised tissues should be submitted for histopathologic examination to rule out tumors or invasive lesions .
COF is a rare benign fibroblastic neoplasm of the jaw [1-3]. Clinically, it tends to expand slowly and manifest as a painless cortical expansion, which is sometimes associated with displacement, eruption disturbance or root resorption of the adjacent teeth. In half of cases the tumor appears as a unilocular radiolucent area with well-circumscribed margins, although it may occasionally appear as a multilocular or mixed radiolucent and radiopaque area [2, 3]. Histopathologic examination should be a component of
a proper evaluation of the lesion, because differentiating COF from other lesions in the jaw can be difficult, clinically and radiographically. In this case, a well-defined unilocular radiolucent lesion involved both the partially resorbed root of a non-vital deciduous tooth and the crown of an unerupted and dislocated permanent successor. The lesion was small, and the swelling of the affected area was not conspicuous, although the cortical bone was slightly expanded. These clinical and radiographic findings were most suggestive of a cystic lesion [10-12]. However, tissue obtained at biopsy revealed the histopathologic picture of COF.
Histopathologically, COF is composed of mature collagen fibers with numerous interspersed fibroblasts [1-3]. It contains a varying amount of inactive-looking odontogenic epithelium resembling dental lamina. According to the amount of odontogenic epithelium, there are two histopathologic variants of COF: epithelial poor and epithelial rich . Epithelial poor COF appears as a non-invasive connective tissue lesion with scattered remnants of inactive-looking odontogenic epithelium. Delicate acellular fibers are interspersed in the ground substrate with occasional fibromyxoid change. Thus, this variant resembles a dental follicle histopathologically. Epithelial rich COF is composed of cellular fibroblastic connective tissue containing islands or strands of inactive-looking odontogenic epithelium that are integral components of this variant. In the current case, the lesion was composed of relatively dense fibrous tissue containing inactive-like odontogenic epithelial islands without any myxoid change orepithelial lining. These findings were most suggestive of epithelial rich COF, rather than other fibromatous conditions, such as ameloblastic fibroma, odontogenic myxoma,desmoplastic fibroma, ordental follicle [1, 12-14]. In particular, odontogenic myxoma and desmoplastic fibroma need to be considered in the differential diagnosis because they exhibit aggressive and infiltrative behavior with a much higher recurrence rate than COF [15, 16].
General treatment of COF is enucleation with bone curettage because of the lack of aggressive features and the rarity of recurrence [1-3]. An embedded tooth is preferably extracted with the lesion to avoid incomplete surgical removal and to minimize the risk of recurrence. In the case presented here, two major factors were considered before the surgery. Firstly, the lesion was small and localized around the crown of the unerupted permanent central incisor. Secondly, the ipsilateral permanent lateral incisor was congenitally missing, possibly associated with the fused deciduous predecessor. Therefore, we decided to preserve the affected permanent central incisor in order to guide the anterior occlusion physiologically and esthetically. Enucleation and bone curettage were carefully performed as completely as possible, while minimizing injury to the affected permanent central incisor. However, conservative treatment may result in incomplete removal of the lesion, making the risk of recurrence higher . Careful and long-term follow-up is required for early recognition of recurrence.
In pediatric patients, cystic radiolucent lesions around developing tooth germs with or without eruption disturbance are sometimes observed. These lesions include a wide spectrum of conditions ranging from benign cysts to aggressive tumors. Because of the various sizes of the lesions with or without affected teeth, diagnosis can be problematic. Comprehensive assessment of clinical, radiographic and histopathologic findings of the lesion is strongly recommended to avoid misdiagnosis leading to under treatment or over treatment.
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