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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 328743, 5 pages
Case Report

Calcifying Ghost Cell Odontogenic Cyst: Report of a Case and Review of Literature

1Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, C. S. M. S. S. Dental College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
2Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Dr. D. Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital, Pimpri, Pune 18, Maharashtra 400 706, India
3Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Nair Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400 008, India

Received 22 May 2011; Accepted 19 June 2011

Academic Editors: J. H. Campbell and L. Junquera

Copyright © 2011 Archana Sonone et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The calcifying ghost cell odontogenic cyst (CGCOC) was first described by Gorlin et al. in 1962. Calcifying ghost cell odontogenic cyst is comparatively rare in occurrence, constituting about 0.37% to 2.1% of all odontogenic tumors. The most notable features of this pathologic entity are histopathological features which include a cystic lining demonstrating characteristic “Ghost” epithelial cells with a propensity to calcify. In addition, the CGCOC may be associated with other recognized odontogenic tumors, most commonly odontomas. There are variants of CGCOC according to clinical, histopathological, and radiological characteristics. Therefore a proper categorization of the cases is needed for better understanding of the pathogenesis of each variant. Here, we report a classical case of calcifying odontogenic cyst along with a brief review of literature.