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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 253-256
"Osteomyelitis of mandible"-a rare presentation of osteopetrosis

Dept. of Radiodiagnosis, JN Medical College , AMU, Aligarh, India

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S Z Abbas
Department of Radiodiagnosis, J.N.M.C., A.M.U, Aligarh - 202002
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.29103

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Osteopetrosis is a rare metabolic disease. Dental abnormalities may be attributed to the pathological changes in osteopetrosis. Patients with disease seem to be especially susceptible to osteomyelitis of mandible. A 9 yrs old girl presented with complaints of jaw swelling on left side with multiple discharging sinuses since last seven months. The radiograph of left mandible (oblique lateral view) showed periodontal involvement of associated molars with loss of lamina dura with small sequestrum with irregularity and erosions of the mandibular cortical margins. The patient was diagnosed as a case of osteopetrosis with superadded mandibular osteomyelitis.

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