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An Official Publication of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists

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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 320
Primary extra-nodal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of gingiva: A diagnostic dilemma

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Implantology, Rajasthan Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Dental Surgery and Implant Centre, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
3 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Rajasthan Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Rajeev K Garg
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-029X.119773

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Primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is a rare entity. When it does occur, mandibular NHL typically manifests similar to an odontogenic pathology. This results in delayed diagnosis and treatment. We present a 50-year-old female who was erroneously treated for a pyogenic granuloma several months before the correct diagnosis of extranodal primary NHL of the oral cavity was made. Fortunately, the solitary bony lymphoma had not disseminated and management by chemo-radiation allowed for disease eradication and new post-treatment bone formation. The purpose of this report is to describe a rare case of primary NHL of the mandible, explore the diagnosis and work-up and discuss treatment strategies. This case illustrates the need for co-operative diagnostic referrals between physicians and dentists.

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