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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 28-31

A typical case of juvenile psammamatoid ossifying fibroma: Case report with literature review and differential diagnosis

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Anil Neerukonda Institute of Dental Sciences, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Narayana Dental College, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Private Practitioner, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India

Date of Submission27-Sep-2020
Date of Acceptance05-Dec-2020
Date of Web Publication18-Jun-2021

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Dr. Gadadasu Swathi
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Anil Neerukonda Institute of Dental Sciences, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/sidj.sidj_41_20

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Juvenile ossifying fibroma is an uncommon fibro-osseous lesion of jaws nature of short-term rapid growth characterized by excessive growth of bone, destruction, and more probable to reoccur. This lesion has more predominance to occur in younger individuals than older ones and mostly involves facial bones. The lesion mostly involves jaws, orbit, cranial bones, ethmoidal complex, skull base, and Calvaria. Radiographically appears as unilocular or multilocular appearance. The lesion was divided into psammomatoid and trabecular types histopathologically. The psammomatous type of juvenile psammomatoid ossifying fibroma principally involves the bones of the orbit and paranasal sinuses. This lesion is considered to have a higher recurrence rate than its counterparts, so it should be taken care of. This is a case report of a 17-year-old female patient referred to our clinic for a swelling complaint and was provisionally diagnosed as a periapical cyst. The radiograph of this swelling appeared as a multilocular mixed lesion upon viewing. An incisional biopsy was performed to confirm the diagnosis, ensuring it was a juvenile ossifying psammomatoid fibroma. The treatment for the lesion was surgical excision and succeeded by restoration. Lesions with different clinical presentations should be viewed cautiously, taken care of for a proper diagnostic approach, and should be followed for more extended periods to avoid recurrence.

Keywords: Juvenile, margins of excision, ossifying fibroma, panoramic radiography, X-ray film

How to cite this article:
Lokesh K V, Swathi G, Kiranmai BH, Reddy V N. A typical case of juvenile psammamatoid ossifying fibroma: Case report with literature review and differential diagnosis. Saint Int Dent J 2021;5:28-31

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Lokesh K V, Swathi G, Kiranmai BH, Reddy V N. A typical case of juvenile psammamatoid ossifying fibroma: Case report with literature review and differential diagnosis. Saint Int Dent J [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Sep 26];5:28-31. Available from: https://www.sidj.org/text.asp?2021/5/1/28/318804

  Introduction Top

Juvenile ossifying fibroma (JOF) is a type of fibro-osseous lesion most probably occurring in the skull's cranial bones, calvaria, ethmoidal complex but can be locally aggressive, rarely occurring in jaws. The most common occurrence is the younger population with equal predominance for males and females.[1] According to their microscopic picture structure and newly released WHO classification 2017, there were three main types in the histopathological picture: Cemento Ossifying fibroma (COF), Juvenile Ossifying Psammomatoid (JPOF), and Juvenile Ossifying Trabecular Fibroma (JTOF).[2]

  Case Report Top

A 17-year-old female patient approached the department of oral medicine with the chief complaint in the right lower jaw for the past year. She reported a history of sudden onset of swelling, which was initially peanut in size, consequently increased to present magnitude. There was no history of pain, fever associated with swelling. Previous medical, dental, and family history was noncontributory. Extraoral examination revealed asymmetry in the right lower one-third of the face due to diffuse solitary swelling of size 2 cm × 2 cm, roughly oval in shape, extending anteroposteriorly from 2 cm posterior to symphysis 1 cm anterior to the lower right side angle of the mandible. On palpation, mild paresthesia on the right side mandibular premolar region was noticed. On intraoral examination [Figure 1], a grossly decayed tooth of #46 was detected with a positive note of tenderness on vertical percussion. There was a solitary diffuse irregular swelling in lower right mandible vestibular region which is of size 2 cm × 2 cm extending anteroposteriorly from distal aspect of #44 to mesial aspect of #47. Superiorly from the crest of the alveolar bone to the buccal vestibule inferiorly from #44 to #47. Mucosa over swelling has no color changes. On palpation, there was buccal cortical plate expansion from #44 to #47 and lingual cortical plate expansion in relation to #46. Eggshell crackling was seen on the buccal aspect in relation to 46 region.
Figure 1: Intraoral swelling

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According to clinical findings and observations, provisional of periapical cyst of #46 was given with differential diagnosis of ameloblastoma, dentigerous cyst, calcifying epithelial odontogenic tumor (CEOT) and central ossifying fibroma. The patient was addressed to the radiology department where intraoral periapical (IOPA) radiograph of #46 tooth (IOPA), mandibular right lateral occlusal radiograph, and orthopantomography were taken. IOPA revealed dental caries involving pulp region with loss of distal half of coronal part of #46 was noticed. There was a diffuse radiolucency at periapical region extending from distal half of radicular portion of #45 tooth to distal aspect of #47 tooth running peripherally with sclerotic border, which was visible at the apical region of #45 tooth with evidence of internal septa in #45 and #46 interdental regions.

Right lateral mandibular occlusal radiograph depicted buccal cortical plate expansion from #44 to #47 tooth region with the internal structure of mixed radio-opaque and radiolucent structure intermingled with multiple internal septa [Figure 2]. Orthopantamograph revealed solitary well defined, round, multilocular, a mixed radiolucent-radio opaque lesion in right lower mandibular region extending anteroposteriorly from #44 to #47 tooth region apically and superior-inferiorly from the alveolar crest to lower border of the mandible. The mixed lesion contained many internal septa granting multilocular pattern and displacing the mandibular canal inferiorly. Loss of coronal portion with radicular remnants in relation to #36 was noticed. Radiographic diagnosis of central ossifying fibroma with a differential of multilocular ameloblastoma, CEOT, central hemangioma was recommended [Figure 3].
Figure 2: Orthopantamograph

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Figure 3: Mandibular lateral occlusal radiograph

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Fine-needle aspiration was performed to find internal content of swelling where the drawing was negative. The patient was subjected to incisional biopsy, the histopathological examination revealed the underlying hypercellular connective tissue of proliferating spindle to fusiform fibroblast arranged in a haphazard manner with discrete deposition of immature bone arranged in a spherical, crescent-shaped like psammomatoid manner and few are in trabecular form with osteoblastic rimming and osteocytes within it, arriving at the diagnosis of psammomatoid juvenile ossifying fibroma [Figure 4]. Bearing in mind, the size and aggressiveness and recurrence rate of the lesion segmental resection was planned and carried out.
Figure 4: Histopathological picture showing with multiple psammoma bodies

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  Discussion Top

Johnson et al. in 1991 postulated that psammamatoid JOF as a cellular mass, generating a varied number of tiny similar osteoid bodies. Overproduction of myxofibrous cellular stroma may be involved in the development of septa in paranasal sinuses during their growth might be the etiology of JOF as suggested by Fletcher et al.[3] JOF most frequently manifests between the age group of 5 and 15 years. JTOF predominates in the age group of 0.5–12 years whereas JPOF preponderant in the age group of 16–33 years. Male population principally the most affected than the female population.[4],[5]

JPOF predominates in extragnathic craniofacial bones such as periorbital, ethmoidal, frontal bones, and paranasal sinus bone wall. JTOF prevails mostly in maxilla succeed by mandible though the extragnathic occurrence is sporadic.[6] JOF manifests as an asymptomatic bony swelling. Pain and paraesthesia are a rare phenomenon. In the early stages, the pathognomic finding is the displacement of the adjacent tooth and facial asymmetry and jaw deformity in advanced cases. When JOF has extragnathic presentation, diplopia, exophthalmos, disturbance invisibility, nasal obstruction, and epistaxis can be noticed.[7] Complications mainly arise due to the secondary effect of aggressive growth, thereby encroachment on adjacent anatomical structures, resulting in the associated issues.[8] JOF must be differentiated from other ossifying fibromas that replace the bone with cellular tissue. These include fibrous dysplasia (FD), cement-osseous dysplasia (COD) and osteosarcoma.[9] JOF is mostly a well-demarcated expansile lesion and mostly mixed lesion depending on mineralized structure within the lesion, unilateral in distribution, due to aggressive growth, thinning of cortical plates and consequently, perforation can be noticed. JPOF mostly represents ground-glass appearance, but JTOF depicts radiolucent or mixed lesion. FD, osseous dysplasia, odontoma and ameloblastoma resemble JOF radiographically.[10]

Histologically JOFs represent the proliferation of fibrocellular tissue followed by mineralization. The aggressive nature of growth can be depicted by the presence of intense mitotic figures, sometimes can be mistaken for malignancy. Lack of cellular atypia and the regular mitotic picture depict the benign character of the lesion.[11] JOF histopathologically divided into psammomatoid and trabecular patterns. JPOF characterized by multiple spherical ossicles resembling psammoma bodies, though JTOF is rich in trabeculae of woven bone with coarse lacunae, swollen osteocytes, and a lining of plump osteoblasts. Pathologically COF, FD, COD are a differential diagnosis of JOF. COF occurs in older individuals.[3] It was postulated that JOF can have a recurrence rate of 30%–58% henceforth complete surgical excision should be planned to avoid any recurrences. Malignant transformation has not been reported to date.[12] Clinically, paresthesia is the rare entity in JOF, though present in the present case. Due to its high recurrence rate, after carrying out an incisional biopsy, segmental excision of the lesion and the patient was followed up to 1 year with no abnormality.[13]

  Conclusion Top

JOF occurring in the mandible is a rare entity, clinical diagnosis was given as a radicular cyst that turned to the multilocular mixed lesion in theradiograph and arose as JOF on histopathological examination. Although JOF is considered to be benign, its aggressive growth turns treatment protocol a bit troublesome. The planned diagnostic approach plays a vital role as JOF's aggressiveness can be mistaken as a malignant tumor, though it is benign in nature. Clinical management comprises of early diagnosis and long-term follow-up schedules to decrease the severity of the condition.

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