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Vol. 75, No. 3
ISSN: 1488-2159
April 2009


Metastatic Adenocarcinoma Involving Several Bones of the Body and the Cranio-Maxillofacial Region: A Case Report


• Ana Cláudia Amorim Gomes, DDS, MSc, PhD •
• Patrício José de Oliveira Neto, DDS •
• Emanuel Dias de Oliveira e Silva, DDS •
• Emanuel Sávio, DDS, MSc, PhD •
• Ivo Cavalcante Pita Neto, DDS •

A b s t r a c t

Malignant tumours that have metastasized to the oral and maxillofacial region from distant sites account for only 1% of all malignancies of the jaw. These metastatic tumours are most often located in the mandible, and the majority of these in the molar region. The most common primary sources of metastatic tumours found in the oral region are the lung, kidney and prostate gland for the males, and the breast, genital organs and kidneys for females. The exact location of the primary tumour, however, is often difficult, sometimes impossible, to identify. We present the case of a 51-year-old woman with metastatic adenocarcinoma involving the condyle and mandible, and other bones of the body. The oral presentation of the metastasis was the source of the definitive diagnosis.


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