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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 61-67
“Migratory Kerato osteomyelitis” – A refractory lesion of the mandible: A pathologist's and surgeon's dilemma!!

Army Dental Centre (R&R), New Delhi, India

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Sudip Indu
Army Dental Centre (R&R), New Delhi - 110 010
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DOI: 10.4103/jomfp.JOMFP_138_20

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A 62 year old female patient presented with a chief complaint of non healing extraction socket in the lower left back teeth region. She underwent extraction of 37 at a private clinic following which an ulceroinfiltrative lesion developed at operated side. Multiple biopsies from the lesion were inconclusive. Computed tomography revealed an osteolytic lesion radiologically simulating carcinoma or a chondrosarcoma. Because of persistent debilitating symptoms the patient underwent Wide local excision (WLE) with left segmental mandibulectomy. Frozen sections were negative for malignancy. All margins were free from malignancy. Lymph nodes dissected showed reactive morphology. Ziehl–Neelsen, Periodic acid-Schiff and Gram stain were all negative. The lesion continued to spread even after successful surgical intervention with adequate surgical margin. The patient was eventually lost because of severe cardiac arrest during her last surgical intervention for mandibular arch reconstruction. As the lesion migrated from one side of the mandible to the other, kept showing clinical features of inflammation of the bone and bone marrow simulating features of osteomyelitis and the continued presence of keratin histologically, we contemplated whether we could give a nomenclature to the lesion as that of “Migratory Kerato osteomyelitis of the oral cavity.” This could be one of case of a lifetime where multiple consultations with oral and general pathologists failed to reach a conclusive diagnosis!

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