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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

January 2007
Volume 38 , Issue 1

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Congenital epulis of the newborn: A case report

Franci Stavropoulos, DDS / Marcio Guelmann, DDS / Enrique Bimstein, CD (México) / Joseph Katz, DMD

PMID: 17508069

Congenital epulis of the newborn is a rare soft tissue manifestation that affects infants, involving predominantly the maxillary ridge. When identified, generally at birth, excisional biopsy is recommended to avoid feeding and respiratory disturbances. This article presents a case report of a female infant who was referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgery facility for removal of a fibrotic mass present on the mandibular alveolar ridge. Diagnosis and prompt intervention can prevent expected complications such as failure to thrive or respiratory difficulty. Pediatric and general dentists should be familiar with oral pathologies that may affect the newborn or infants so that early diagnosis and treatment can be accomplished. (Quintessence Int 2007;38:7.e1–4)

Key words: benign tumor, congenital epulis, excisional biopsy, newborn

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