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CASE REPORT
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 157-161

Esthesioneuroblastoma


1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, I.T.S. Centre for Dental Studies and Research, Delhi - Meerut Road, Murad Nagar, Ghaziabad-201 206, India
2 Honorary Consulting Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Bombay Hospital and Harkisondas Hospital, Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Anil Kumar Bhoweer
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, I.T.S. Centre for Dental Studies and Research, Delhi - Meerut Road, Murad Nagar, Ghaziabad-201 206
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-1363.52826

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Pain in the dental arches is a very common cause for patients to seek the dentist's advice. Persistence of pain following exclusion of dental causes by treatment and especially when the pain refers to the other areas of the jawbone makes the dentist think of neurologic causes. However, proper investigation and consideration of intracranial tumors as the cause of neuralgic pain around dental arches and jawbone is of utmost importance. A rare case of esthesioneuroblastoma (ENB) arising from naso-ethmoidal complex encroaching the posterior aspect of left maxilla causing neuralgic type of pain in the dental arches, and therefore primarily seeking advice of the dentist is described. It is common for these patients suffering from ENB to have classical symptoms with nasal cavity, maxillary sinus or vision. It is extremely rare to have dento-facial pain as the first clinical symptom seeking dental advice. Awareness of such rare cranial tumors causing dento-facial pain is important. Necessary investigations include radiographs, CT scan images, histological examination for accurate diagnosis and treatment modality.


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