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Article: Volume 48 Number 10 Page 846 - November 2021

  Dental Update 494: 846-848  Read article

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/ Radiology/ Oral Medicine:  Lung carcinoma presenting as bilateral metastases in the mandibular gingivae: a case report and literature review

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Abstract: This case report describes the rare presentation of lung carcinoma as bilateral masses affecting the mandibular gingivae. Although metastatic disease to the mouth is rare, accounting for only 1% of oral malignancies, it is essential to ensure that the presence of cancer is included in any differential diagnosis.

Clinical relevance: All oral abnormalities persisting for longer than 3 weeks should be referred urgently for specialist assessment and biopsy.

Author notes: Nusaybah Elsherif, Dental core trainee 2 OMFS/DPH, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, Headley Way, Oxford. Predrag Jeremic, Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, Headley Way, Oxford. Tim Blackburn, Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Manchester University Foundation Trust, Oxford Road, Manchester. email:

Objective: To present a rare case report to demonstrate the importance of detailed differential diagnoses for oral abnormalities.