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Article: Volume 43 Number 6 Page 563 - July/August 2016

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  Dent Update 2016; 43: 563-566

Case report:  Spontaneous Osteonecrosis of the Maxilla

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Abstract: In the past decade there has been a rise of osteonecrosis of the jaws (ONJ) predominately related to bisphosphonate therapy and osteoradionecrosis secondary to radiotherapy. However, osteonecrosis can occur in the absence of these agents. A case of idiopathic osteonecrosis of the maxilla is reported and the literature discussed.

Clinical relevance: It is not always possible to make a definitive diagnosis.

Author notes: Marianne Henien, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCS(Ed) (marianne.henien@gstt.nhs.uk), Vinod Patel, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCS(Ed), MOralSurg(Eng), Chris Sproat, BDS(Lond), MBBS(Hons), BSc(Hons), FDS RCS, Department of Oral Surgery, Guy’s Dental Hospital and Mark McGurk, MD, BDS, FRCS, FDS RCS, DLO, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, SE1 9RT.

Objective: To describe a case of idiopathic osteonecrosis of the maxilla.