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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2016, Article ID 8254571, 5 pages
Case Report

A Conservative Approach to a Peripheral Ameloblastoma

1Section of Dentistry, Department of Neurosciences, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
2Department of Cardiac Thoracic and Vascular Sciences, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Received 22 June 2016; Revised 8 September 2016; Accepted 3 October 2016

Academic Editor: Tommaso Lombardi

Copyright © 2016 Rocco Borrello 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.


Peripheral Ameloblastoma (PA) is the rarest variant of ameloblastoma. It differs from the other subtypes of ameloblastoma in its localization: it arises in the soft tissues of the oral cavity coating the tooth bearing bones. Generally, it manifests nonaggressive behavior and it can be treated with complete removal by local conservative excision. In this study we report a case of PA of the maxilla in a 78-year-old female patient and we describe the four different histopathological patterns revealed by histological examination. After local excision and diagnosis, we planned a long term follow-up: in one year no recurrence had been reported. The choice of treatment is illustrated in Discussion.