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Journal of Oncology
Volume 2014, Article ID 197425, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/197425
Review Article

Pathogenesis and Nomenclature of Odontogenic Carcinomas: Revisited

1Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Kalinga Nagar, Bhubaneswar 751003, India
2Department of Prosthodontics, Institute of Dental Sciences, Kalinga Nagar, Bhubaneswar 751003, India
3Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Institute of Dental Sciences, Kalinga Nagar, Bhubaneswar 751003, India
4Department of Pedodontics, Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences, Bhubaneswar 751024, India
5Department of Conservative Dentistry, Institute of Dental Sciences, Kalinga Nagar, Bhubaneswar 751003, India

Received 30 September 2013; Revised 9 February 2014; Accepted 27 February 2014; Published 30 March 2014

Academic Editor: Michiel W. M. van den Brekel

Copyright © 2014 Swagatika Panda 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.

Abstract

Odontogenic carcinoma is rare group of malignant epithelial odontogenic neoplasms with characteristic clinical behavior and histological features, which requires an aggressive surgical approach. The pathogenesis of this rare group remains still controversial and there have been many varied opinions over the classification of this rare group of lesions. As there have not been many reviews on odontogenic carcinoma, the existing knowledge is mostly derived from the published case reports. This review is discussing the pathogenetic mechanisms and is updating the knowledge on nomenclature system of less explored odontogenic carcinomas. This review might throw light on the pathogenesis and nomenclature system of odontogenic carcinoma and this knowledge may be applied therapeutically.