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Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal (Internet)

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QUESADA GOMEZ, Carmen; VALMASEDA CASTELLON, Eduard; BERINI AYTES, Leonardo  and  GAY ESCODA, Cosme. Stafne bone cavity: a retrospective study of 11 cases. Med. oral patol. oral cir.bucal (Internet) [online]. 2006, vol.11, n.3, pp.277-280. ISSN 1698-6946.

Objective: to describe the clinical and radiological characteristics of patients with Stafne bone cavity. Study design: a retrospective, observational study of 11 cases of Stafne bone cavity. After finding an imagine compatible with Stafne bone cavity in the Orthopantomograph® of 11 patients, a sialography of the mandibular gland was made in 3 cases, computerized tomography (CT) in 6 cases, and in 4 cases surgical intervention to confirm the diagnosis. Results: the average age was 51.5 years, predominantly males. The entity was diagnosed incidentally during a routine radiology in all cases. The sialography revealed glandular tissue within the defect, and the CT demonstrated the conservation of the lingual cortical and the peripheral origin of the lesion. Glandular tissue was found within the lesions of two of the patients who underwent surgery, and in the other two the cavity was empty. No progressive changes were found in any of the 11 cases. Conclusions: Stafne bone cavity was an incidental finding, presenting no evolutionary changes, and as such conservatory therapy based on periodic controls was indicated. Currently, complementary techniques such as CT are sufficient to establish a certain diagnosis.

Keywords : Stafne bone cavity; mandibular bone depression; lingual mandibular bone defect.

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