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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 161-163

Cysts of the periapical region in children: A 19-year institutional review

1 Department of Oral Pathology, Penang International Dental College, Level 19- 21, NB Towers, 5050, Jalan Bagan Laur, 12000, Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia
2 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology. A. B. Sherry Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Derelakatte, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Background: There are very few studies that have been done specifically on cysts of the periapical region in children. Aim: To do a retrospective analysis of specimens received as cysts of periapical region in children. Design: A Total of 3142 oral biopsies received over a period of 19 years (1987- 2005) at the department of oral pathology A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Derelakatte, Mangalore, India were retrieved and all paediatric oral biopsies were further histopathologically analyzed. Results: Our study found that 39% of the total paediatric oral biopsies received were cysts and the commonest cyst was radicular cyst (43.3%) followed by dentigerous cyst (20.6'0), odontogenic keratocyst (8.6'0) and lateral periodontal cyst (1.7%) which was different from most reported studies. Conclusion: Radicular cyst is the commonest cyst reported in this study which is different from most reported studies probably because of the type of biopsies received at our institute.

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