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August 1965

Segmental Mandibulectomy With Rib Graft for Ameloblastoma

Author Affiliations

From the Watson Clinic; diplomate American Board of Otolaryngology, 1963.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;82(2):186-188. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00760010188019

PRIMARY tumors of the mandible are rare, and the therapy used is only occasionally reported. The structural rehabilitation of these patients, when they are edentulous, is challenging. Frequently mandible fixation in the edentulous is achieved with difficulty, either when necessary following tumor removal or fracture fixation. The following report is a method of treatment.

Report of a Case  The patient presented herself with a mass involving the right body of the mandible which had enlarged over a period of ten years. This patient had a smooth enlargement of the right side of the jaw bone without breakdown or fistulization of the soft tissues overlying the jaw. The x-ray revealed a cystic tumor of bone. Laboratory studies, including an endocrinological work-up and a bone survey, did not reveal any abnormalities. It was felt that this tumor was an ameloblastoma. We know these tumors to be locally invasive and highly destructive. Therefore,

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