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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2012, Article ID 370242, 5 pages
Case Report

A Giant Cell Fibroma and Focal Fibrous Hyperplasia in a Young Child: A Case Report

Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60607, USA

Received 1 March 2012; Accepted 12 April 2012

Academic Editors: A. C. B. Delbem, A. Epivatianos, and L. Junquera

Copyright © 2012 Rodney J. Vergotine. 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.


A case of two fibrotic lesions of the oral mucosa in a 17-month-old African-American female is reported. Both lesions occurred on the anterior maxilla, one lesion pedunculated on the buccal attached gingiva and the other lesion sessile on the palate. Histological examination characterized the buccal lesion as focal fibrous hyperplasia (FFH) and the palatal lesion as a giant cell fibroma (GCF). A case is made for continuing the consideration of GCF as a histologically distinct entity from FFH but that no difference in clinical impact between the two lesions exists.