Metastasis of Breast Carcinoma to the Whole Mandible
MetadataShow full item record
Metastatic tumors to the jaw bones are infrequent but not rare phenomenon. Breast is one of the most common sites of distant primary metastatic tumor to the jaw bones. The aim of this paper is to present a breast carcinoma as a metastatic lesion and to emphasize the need for consideration of metastatic lesions in the differential diagnosis of unknown oral lesions, especially in the mandible. Breast carcinoma may appear as dental abscess, periodontal disease, toothache projected into the third molar region or unremitting pain, temporomandibular jo int pain, os teomyelitis or trigeminal neuralgia. A panoramic radiograph reveals numerous ill-defined radiolucencies throughout the whole mandible and "moth-eaten' rarefaction. Therefore, although it is uncommon, but the possibility of breast carcinoma metastasize to the mandible should be considered in making the differential diagnosis of inflammatory lesions that are common to jaw bones.