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Riya M. Kuklani, Madhu K. Nair, "Segmental Odontomaxillary Dysplasia: Review of the Literature and Case Report", International Journal of Dentistry, vol. 2010, Article ID 837283, 6 pages, 2010.

Segmental Odontomaxillary Dysplasia: Review of the Literature and Case Report

Academic Editor: Francesco Carinci
Received31 May 2010
Accepted10 Nov 2010
Published14 Dec 2010


Segmental Odontomaxillary Dysplasia (SOD) is an uncommon, nonhereditary, recently recognized developmental disorder affecting the upper jaw and related dental components. It is a rare condition of uncertain etiology that results in painless unilateral expansion of the posterior dentoalveolar complex, gingival hyperplasia, lack of one or both premolars in the affected area, delayed eruption of adjacent teeth and malformations of the primary molars. Radiographically, the affected bone is thickened and irregular in outline, with coarse trabecular pattern that is vertically oriented resulting in a relatively radiopaque granular appearance. Only a few cases have been reported in the English literature. Considering the rarity of the condition, we report a case of SOD in a pediatric patient who was followed up over a period of over two years. The clinical, radiographic, and histologic features are presented along with a review of the literature.

1. Introduction

Hemimaxillofacial dysplasia (HD) was first recognized by Miles et al. in 1987 in a report of two cases [1]. This disorder has similar clinical manifestations as Segmental odontomaxillary dysplasia (SOD) but may demonstrate some degree of variable expressivity, for example, facial hypertrichosis is a variable finding [2]. Danforth et al. in 1990 reported a series of eight cases and named the condition [2]. Packota et al. in 1996 reported most common radiographic features of SOD in a study of twelve additional cases [3]. SOD is an uncommon, nonhereditary developmental anomaly involving the maxilla, gingiva and dentition of the same arch. The prevalence of this condition is not well established since the literature largely consists of case reports. To date, 42 cases have been reported in the English literature. The etiology of SOD is unclear. Reports have suggested a viral or bacterial infection as an initial causative factor [4]. Other studies suggested a local developmental abnormality that originates in utero. The diagnosis of SOD is mainly based on clinical and radiographic presentation but may be augmented by histological findings. Clinically SOD is characterized by unilateral enlargement of posterior segment of maxilla, enlargement of gingiva, and ipsilateral dental anomolies. The age of the patient at presentation is variable but the condition is usually discovered during childhood with most common complaints being missing teeth, abnormal spacing, and delayed eruption. This condition is slightly more common in males than females. No tendency for its occurrence in any specific ethnic group has been reported. Histologically, the affected bone consists of immature bone with irregular trabeculae of woven appearance with resting or reversal lines without osteoblastic or osteoclastic rimming [5]. Radiographically, vertically oriented trabeculae of woven bone is usually seen which results in a relatively radiopaque, granular appearance. On the affected side, the maxillary sinus may be small [5].

2. Case Report

A four-and-a-half-year-old male was referred to the department of pediatric dentistry by a general dental practitioner for evaluation of a painless left maxillary expansile lesion. The patient was otherwise asymptomatic. The major concern was the delayed eruption of primary and permanent teeth in this quadrant. The patient was otherwise healthy with a noncontributory medical history. On clinical examination, the patient revealed mild facial asymmetry caused by an increase in fullness of the left upper lip and cheek. Ipsilateral erythema with increased facial hair of the skin and a scar in the nasolabial region was also seen. Intraoral examination demonstrated buccolingual expansion of maxillary left arch with gingival overgrowth since the age of 3. The left maxillary primary molars exhibited delayed eruption. The gingiva adjacent to primary canine was thickened and appeared red and edematous. The patient was asymptomatic and his oral hygiene was good. His chief complaint was that of delayed eruption of his primary teeth in the same quadrant, especially in the canine and molar area. His left maxillary alveolus was widened with gingival hyperplasia.

Panoramic radiograph revealed lack of/delayed eruption of teeth with enlargement of the left maxilla (Figure 1). Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) was obtained to further study the osseous changes in the maxilla. CBCT demonstrated evidence of a left maxillary alveolar expansile lesion with a dystrophic appearance. The cortical plates were well maintained. Trabeculation appeared to be ill defined, and generally oriented along the y-axis (Figures 2 and 3). The left maxillary alveolus demonstrated several missing posterior secondary teeth. There was significant expansion of the left maxilla with involvement of the maxillary sinus along the inferior aspect. The nasal fossa was slightly displaced and remodeled on the left side. A clinical impression of fibro- osseous lesion such as fibrous dysplasia or juvenile active ossifying fibroma was made by the surgeon. No lateralization of the air spaces was observed on the CT. Hypoplasia of the left maxillary antrum was observed with the cortical margins being intact. The sinus was partly pneumatized with minimal alveolar extensions. No frank evidence of mucosal thickening or intrasinus fluid was observed. No deviation of the nasal septum was noted. The ostiomeatal complex appeared to be within normal limits.

The patient was subjected to general endotracheal anesthesia and an incisional biopsy of the left maxilla was done. The left maxilla appeared to have a grainy appearance with more normal appearing bone superiorly. The patient healed uneventfully. Histopathologic examination of the decalcified hard tissue revealed mostly woven bone with fibrous stroma, while some areas contained peculiar woven bone without fibrous stroma (Figure 4). Osteoblasts and osteoclasts were not identified. Resting and reversal lines were noted. The histopathologic findings, in the context of clinical findings, led to a diagnosis of SOD.

Based on the clinical, radiographic, and microscopic features, a diagnosis of SOD was rendered. Reassurance was provided regarding the benign nature of the condition and the patient was placed on periodic recall to monitor the growth and development of the maxillary bone and teeth.

The patient returned after 18 months for a followup evaluation. There was continued evidence of an expansile, hyperattenuating, well-defined lesion occupying the mid-left maxillary dentoalveolus. The floor of the left orbit was intact with no evidence of expansion. The floor of the nasal cavity was unchanged as well. The left maxillary sinus continued to be hypoplastic. No significant increase in the unilateral maxillary swelling was noted. The patient will continue to be monitored on a regular basis.

3. Discussion

Hemimaxillofacial dysplasia (HMD) was first recognized in 2 cases by Miles in 1987 which is characterized by unilateral maxillary enlargement, gingival hyperplasia, facial asymmetry, ipsilateral dental abnormalities, unusual radiographic bone pattern, and facial hypertrichosis [1]. Danforth and Melrose reported 8 cases in 1990 in which they termed SOD due to lack of involvement of facial structures in these cases [2]. Packota et al. in 1996 described the criteria for the radiographic diagnosis of SOD as sclerosis of bone with thickened trabeculae, missing premolars with delayed eruption of permanent teeth, vertical orientation of bony trabeculae, spacing between deciduous molars, and a small maxillary sinus on the affected side. Our case features most of the criteria put forth by Packota et al. [3]. The acronym HATS (Hemimaxillary enlargement, Asymmetry of the face, Teeth abnormalities, Skin findings) was introduced in 2004 by Welsch and Stein [6]. They reported two cases with skin lesions. One patient reported having Becker’s nevus. All cases reported appeared to represent sporadic occurrence with no inheritance pattern.

The prevalence of this condition is not well established since the literature largely consists of case reports. According to a previous literature review, 27 cases of SOD/HMD had been published from 1987 to 2000 [13, 710]. 15 additional cases reported since then were retrieved from PubMed database. The number of cases reported in the extant literature still remains variable since not all cases are well documented. We present the most common clinical features, radiologic features, and cutaneous findings (Tables 1 and 2) [118] for a total of 43 cases including this case.

Authorno. of CasesFacial asymmetryGingival thickeningHypodontiaMaxillary/alveolar thickeningHypoplastic teeth

Miles et al.22/22/21/22/22/2
Danforth et al.83/84/88/85/83/8
Packota et al.101/11/11/1NS
Packota et al.2–12NSNS11/116/11NS
De Salvo et al.11/11/11/11/11/1
Paticoff et al.22/22/22/22/22/2
Jones & Ford et al.10/11/11/11/1NS
Prusack et al.11/11/11/11/1NS
Velez et al.21/22/22/22/22/2
Becktor et al.4NS4/44/44/4NS
Drake et al.11/11/11/11/1NS
Armstrong et al.22/22/22/22/2
Welsh & Stein et al.11/11/11/11/10
Gavalda et al.11/11/11/11/11/1
Özpinar et al.1001/11/10
Koenig et al.11/11/11/11/11/1
Porwal et al.11/101/100
Yassin et al.11/11/11/11/10
Present Case11/11/11/11/10

NS: not stated; 0: absent.

Author# of CasesHyper-trichosisOther cutaneous findingsVertically Oriented trabeculaeThickened bone trabeculaeTeeth separated/ displacedDecreased Maxillary Sinus SizeRoot ResorptionOther Radiologic findings

Miles et al.21/2NSNSNS2/2NS0Bone dense and granular
Danforth et al.80NSNSNS6/81/86/8Mottled/ill-defined opaque
Packota et al.10Discontinuity of the left vermilion border, depression of cheek 9/12 12/12 10/12 9/12 6/12
Packota et al.2–12NS
De Salvo et al.10Hypo pigmented lipNSNS01/10Ill defined coarse trabecular pattern
Paticoff et al.22/21/2 hairy nevusNSNSNSNSNSHyper plastic bone
Jones & Ford et al.11/1Beckers nevus1/11/10NS1/1
Prusack et al.101/11/11/11/11/1Bone changes extending to zygoma and orbit
Velez et al.21/2Hyperpigmentation of facial skin1/21/2000Expansile diffuse radioopaque
Becktor et al.402/4 Erythema04/44/43/43/4Sclerosis
Drake et al.10NSNS1/100Ill defined opacity
Armstrong et al.20002/200Ill defined radio density
Welsh & Stein et al.11/1Beckers nevus01/11/100
Gavalda et al.1NSNS00000
Özpmar et al.1001/1000
Koenig et al.11/1Erythema, lipclefting, hyper linear palms, depression of cheek01/11/1NSNSSclerotic, ground glass
Porwal et al.11/1Hypo pigmented streak0001/10
Yassin et al.10Hypo pigmentation of lip, erythema01/101/10
Present Case11/1Erythema, scar in nasolabial region, increased fullness of upper lip1/11/101/10Nasal fossa displaced and remodeled

NS: not stated; 0: absent.

Clinically, SOD usually presents as a non-progressive facial asymmetry, ipsilateral gingivo-dento-alveolar maxillary involvement which can extend from the canine to tuberosity area [10]. Facial cutaneous lesions may or may not be present. Radiographically, SOD shows ill-defined bony sclerosis with thickened and coarse bony trabecular pattern [3]. Histopathology is not very specific for SOD. The gingival thickening shows nonspecific noninflammatory connective tissue hyperplasia. Osseous involvement demonstrates the presence of thick trabeculae of immature woven bone with prominent reversal and resting lines, noninflammatory fibrous stroma with lack of osteoblastic and clastic activity [5]. Other dental defects could include pulp stones and irregular pulpal or dentinal interface.

SOD may go unrecognized or misdiagnosed because some conditions like fibrous dysplasia and regional odontodysplasia (ROD) shows similarities to SOD, but they can be differentiated from SOD (Table 3). ROD displays segmental involvement with no expansion. In addition, ROD does not demonstrate unilateral enlargement of the gingiva and associated alveolar ridge and usually affects permanent anterior teeth only. Radiographically, hypoplastic dental tissue presents as ghost teeth [5]. In addition, ROD does not demonstrate unilateral enlargement of the gingiva and associated alveolar ridge. Fibrous dysplasia and SOD have similar radiographic features but fibrous dysplasia is not noted for absence of teeth. Although Fibrous Dysplasia (FD) often is associated with a similar clinical expansion of the alveolar ridge, the radiographic and histopathologic features are very different. Upon imaging, craniofacial FD presents as an ill-defined zone of fine trabeculation which contrasts very clearly with the course trabecular pattern noted in SOD. Histopathologically, immature fibrous dysplasia presents with irregular trabeculae of vital woven bone which resembles “Chinese characters", does not demonstrate numerous reversal lines, and typically reveals significant osteoid rimming.

EntityClinical presentationSoft tissue enlargementMissing teethExpansionRadiographic appearance

SODPainless, unilateral enlargement of maxillary boneYesPre-molars one or bothYesCourse trabecular pattern
RODAffects maxillary anterior with failure or delayed eruption of teethMay be presentYesNoGhost teeth present
Fibrous DysplasiaLocalized painless swelling involving one or more bonesSlow growing painless swelling presentNoYesGround glass radio-opacity or ill-defined zone of fine trabeculation

ROD: Regional odonto-dysplasia, SOD: Segmental odonto-dysplasia.

Treatment of SOD remains unknown as the management protocol in most case reports has not been discussed to date. Once diagnosed, SOD seems to remain stable and may or may not require surgical intervention. So the primary goal of the treatment is to retain the deciduous teeth, thus facilitating eruption of the permanent teeth so that occlusion can be restored [10]. Usually definitive treatment is delayed until after the pubertal growth spurt. Standard of care is close observation with most clinicians performing limited recontouring in cosmetically objectionable cases. The lack of reports in adults suggests the possibility of spontaneous regression with age. In our case, no treatment was advised at this time. But it is important to recognize the existence of the condition and diagnose it using appropriate clinical and radiographic findings. Even though SOD is a rare entity, the radiologist must consider SOD in the differential diagnosis of entities such as monostotic fibrous dysplasia, regional odontodysplasia, hemifacial hyperplasia, and gingival fibromatosis. The diagnosis is made by exclusion. The clinical and radiological features of SOD are well described but the condition is probably underreported due to misdiagnosis. Thus, it is important to recognize this unusual unilateral developmental anomaly.

4. Conclusion

SOD is a rare condition. Since it affects children care should be taken to accurately diagnose the condition to reassure the patient and offer the best treatment options. The diagnosis of SOD is primarily based on the clinical and radiographic findings. Treatment may be limited to retaining the primary teeth and enhancing the eruption of the permanent teeth, if possible, to restore occlusion in that quadrant.


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