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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-22

Angiosarcoma of the mandible

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, College of Dental Sciences Davangere, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Santosh Dental College, Ghazibad, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Oral Medicine, BRS Dental College, Haryana, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0972-1363.44356

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Angiosarcoma is a rare malignancy of vascular endothelium which may arise from either blood or lymphatic vessels. These tumors are aggressive with a tendency to recur locally and also have a high rate of lymph node and systemic metastases. Angiosarcomas occur more frequently in skin and soft tissue. Occurrence of a primary or metastatic angiosarcoma in the oral cavity is extremely rare. The purpose of this article is to document a case of primary angiosarcoma in the right mandible of a 20 year old woman. The tumor presented as a rapidly enlarging lobulated soft tissue mass which was associated with an irregular radiolytic defect in the right mandible. Histological features of the lesion were suggestive of a high grade angiosarcoma. The patient was successfully treated with a combination therapy involving surgery and chemotherapy. There were no signs of tumor recurrence or metastasis after one and a half year of follow up.

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