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Volume 24 , Issue 3
Summer 2010

Pages 313318

Glenoid Fossa Osteoma Resulting in a Progressive Malocclusion: A Case Report

Nicola Mobilio, DDS/Umberto Zanetti, MD/Santo Catapano, DMD

PMID: 20664834

An osteoma is a benign tumor essentially restricted to the craniofacial skeleton. Osteomas occur most frequently in the frontal, ethmoid, and maxillary sinuses, and rarely affect the glenoid fossa. Osteomas are usually pain-free and remain silent, ie, symptom-free, for many years but may lead to occlusal changes. The report describes the case of an adult man with an osteoma who presented with a chief complaint of malocclusion and who was misdiagnosed. The case points to the diagnostic reasoning necessary to arrive at a correct diagnosis, especially when signs and symptoms, as well as pathology, are rare, eg, not familiar to the clinician.J Orofac Pain 2010;24:313318

Key words: bone neoplasms, diagnostic errors, osteoma, temporomandibular joint, temporomandibular joint disorders

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