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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 635062, 5 pages
Case Report

Osteosarcoma of the Mandible Masquerading as a Dental Abscess: Report of a Case

1Department of Periodontics and Community Dentistry, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, P.O. Box 60169, Riyadh 11545, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, College of Dentistry, Salman Bin Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 153, Al-Kharj 11942, Saudi Arabia
3College of Dentistry, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, P.O. Box 22490, Riyadh 11426, Saudi Arabia

Received 29 October 2012; Accepted 19 November 2012

Academic Editors: M. Feichtinger, S. R. Watt-Smith, and E. F. Wright

Copyright © 2012 Sukumaran Anil 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.


An aggressive and fatal case of osteosarcoma of the mandible in a 19-year-old female is reported. Six weeks after the clinical appearance of the swelling, the patient died. This paper is unique in that the age of occurrence and the biologic behavior of the tumor were not consistent with the reported literature. The case report is followed by a brief review of osteosarcoma of the jaw with a note on its clinical presentation, diverse radiologic appearance, varied histopathologic picture, and prognosis.