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Primary Sinus Carcinoma Masquerading as Destructive Periodontitis: Report of a Case

Pillai H1*, Anil S2 and Rajendran R1

1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, College of Dentistry, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, NGHA, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2Department of Periodontics and Community Dentistry, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Hari Pillai, BDS, MDS
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
College of Dentistry, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
NGHA, P. O. Box: 22490, Riyadh 11426, Saudi Arabia
Tel: 00966500197223
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: April 22, 2014; Accepted date: July 28, 2014; Published date: July 30, 2014

Citation: Pillai H, Anil S, Rajendran R (2014) Primary Sinus Carcinoma Masquerading as Destructive Periodontitis: Report of a Case. Dentistry 4:251. doi:10.4172/2161-1122.1000251

Copyright: © 2014 Pillai H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Carcinomas of the maxillary sinus are uncommon and comprise 3% of all head and neck cancers, and 80% of all paranasal sinus cancers. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common malignant tumor at this site, representing 60%–90% of the total cases. A case of occult carcinoma of the maxillary antrum with features of destructive periodontitis in a 48 year old female is presented. The case reported here remained undiagnosed due to failure of manifestation of associated signs and symptoms primarily overshadowed with those of tooth related pathoses. The need of clinical suspicion of malignancy arising from maxillary sinus should be taken into consideration whenever dealing with non-specific oral symptoms likes pathologictooth mobility especially in the upper jaw. The case reported here failed to manifest salient clinical signs and symptoms of the tumor and areas of tumor involvement except perhaps of the jaw. The need for early screening and management protocols for effective control of the lesion cannot be overemphasized.


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