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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 209-210
Pseudotumoral fibrous dysplasia of the maxilla

Department of Radio diagnosis, Dr. Padam D.Y. Patil Medical College.(Deemed University) Pimpri 18, India

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Fibrous dysplasia is a skeletal disorders of unknown etiology usually affecting the young. Women are commonly affected more than men. Craniofacial fibrous dysplasia can have a varied presentation. It can affect the calvarium or the facial skeleton.These lesions typically expand the bone with intact well-preserved cortical rim. Here we present a case of pseudotumoral fibrous dysplasia with isolated involvement of the right maxilla.

Keywords: Pseudotumoral, craniofacial, fibrous dysplasia, computed tomography

How to cite this article:
Kharat A T, Singh A, Kulkarni V M, Omar S. Pseudotumoral fibrous dysplasia of the maxilla. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2005;15:209-10

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Kharat A T, Singh A, Kulkarni V M, Omar S. Pseudotumoral fibrous dysplasia of the maxilla. Indian J Radiol Imaging [serial online] 2005 [cited 2020 May 30];15:209-10. Available from:

   Introduction Top

Pseudotumoral fibrous dysplasia [1] involving the craniofacial bone is a rare developmental disorder that presents with varied radiological appearance and clinical presentations. Most of them are asymptomatic and present as rapidly growing lesion that causes typical facial asymmetry.

   Case History Top

An 18 years old girl presented with complaints of diplopia and facial asymmetry with rapidly growing painless, hard mass in the right cheek since last three months. No history of major systemic illness in the past. No history of trauma.

   Findings Top

Radiograph of the paranasal sinus [Figure - 1] revealed an opaque right maxillary sinus with sharp, well defined margins. There was significant expansion of the maxilla with ground glass appearance. No evidence of bone erosion or destruction. Rest of the sinuses were normal.

CT scan of the paranasal sinuses revealed a large, dense and expanded right maxillary sinus with ground glass appearance with CT value of 150 to 400 HU. [Figure - 2]The surrounding cortical rim was preserved with no erosion or destruction. Within the expanded bone, cystic spaces with soft tissue density were noted. Inferiorly the lesion was extending into the alveolar process of the maxilla. Superiorly it was seen to deform the floor of the bony orbit. [Figure - 3] No other lesions were noted. The diagnosis of pseudotumoral fibrous dysplasia was considered.

   Discussion Top

Fibrous dysplasia is an idiopathic lesion of the medullary bone. Majority of the cases are below 30 years of age [2]. Pathologically lesions are characterized by replacement and distortion of the medullary bone by fibro-osseous tissue of woven bone.

Pseudotumoral fibrous dysplasia of the maxilla is a rapidly developing form involving the maxilla [3]. These lesions are notorious since they grow rapidly and there may be difficulty in interpretation in histological reports. These resemble tumor hence the name pseudotumoral fibrous dysplasia is used to describe rapidly growing and expanding lesions giving rise to facial deformity and asymmetry. The true nature of the lesion can be demonstrated on CT [4]. Fibrous dysplasia can be monostotic or polyostotic. About 20 to 25% of monostotic dysplasia affects the head and neck; maxilla and the mandible are the most common sites [5].and 40 to 60 % of polyostotic fibrous dysplasia affects the skull and facial bones [2],[5].

Bones affected with fibrous dysplasia can rarely undergo malignant degeneration [6]. The appearance of new lesions usually terminates after skeletal maturity is attained.

Radiologic appearance varies according to the degree of fibrous tissue present. Bone texture varies from nonhomogenous mixture of bone and fibrous tissue to a ground glass appearance.

   Differential Diagnosis Top

Ossifying fibroma is a dense, well circumscribed lesion that ossifies from the periphery. This lesion unlike fibrous dysplasia contains lamellar rather than woven pattern of bone with normal number of osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Comparatively it is more aggressive with high recurrence rate, with a propensity of inward growth rather than create outer bone surface abnormalities.

   References Top

1.Gibson M J, Middlemiss J H: Fibrous dysplasia of bone. Br J Radiol 44 (517):1-13,1971.  Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Barnes L. Verbin RS, Gnepp DR. Diseases of the nose, paranasal sinuses and nasopharynx. In: Barnes L, ed. Surgical pathology of the head and neck. Vol.1.New York, NY: Marcel Dekker Inc, 1985; 883-1044.  Back to cited text no. 2    
3.Vanel D, Couanet D, Micheau C et al: Pseudotumoral fibrous dysplasia of the maxilla: Radiological studies and computed tomography contribution. Skeletal Radiol 5:99-103,1980.  Back to cited text no. 3    
4.Greenfield G B: Radiology of bone diseases. Ed fourth, J B Lippincott, Philadelphia, 3:129, 1986.  Back to cited text no. 4    
5.Dehner LP, Fibro-osseous lesions of the bone. In: Acerman LU, Spjut HJ, Abell MR,eds. Bones and joints. International Academy of Pathology, Monograph No.17.Baltimore, Md: Williams and Wilkins, 1976; 209-235.  Back to cited text no. 5    
6.Riddell D M : Malignant change in fibrous dysplasia. J Bone Joint Surg [Br] 46:251-255,1964.  Back to cited text no. 6    

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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.28804

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