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Article: Volume 42 Number 10 Page 977 - December 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 977-978

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery:  Case Report: An Unusual Finding of a Solitary Bone Cyst in a Patient with a Fractured Mandible

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Abstract: Solitary bone cysts are uncommon. They have a reported incidence of 0.6% and are commonest in the mandible. The case of a 16-year-old patient who attended Accident and Emergency with a fractured mandible and the incidental finding of a solitary bone cyst is presented. Solitary bone cysts are usually asymptomatic and generally heal fully following surgical exploration.

Clinical relevance: This case report aims to increase awareness of the general dental practitioner of solitary bone cysts as a possible finding in patients with pathological jaw fractures and radiolucencies of the jaws. It outlines the surgical management that is carried out on patients with solitary bone cysts.

Author notes: Melanie Chell, BDS MFDS RCS(Ed), Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Birmingham, Matthew Idle, BDS(Hons), MFDS, MBChB, MRCS, Specialist Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Birmingham and Jason Green, BMedSci, FDS RCS, FRCS(OMFS), Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, University Hospital Birmingham, St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham B4 6NN, UK.

Objective: To describe the clinical features and management of a solitary bone cyst of the mandible.