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Oral lymphangioma of the alveolar ridge – a report of a rare case

Faysal Ugurlu, Alper Kaya, Emine Tuna Akdogan, Vakur Olgac, Aysegul Sipahi
Published in : HAMDAN MEDICAL JOURNAL ; Vol 9, No 3 (2016)
DOI : 10.7707/hmj.605


Lymphangiomas are benign hamartomatous lesions of the lymphatic vessels, which are commonly seen in the head and neck region. The most frequent locations of oral lymphangiomas are the dorsum of the tongue, followed by the palate, buccal mucosa, gingiva and lips. The various treatment options are surgical excision, radiation therapy, cryotherapy, electrocautery, sclerotherapy, steroid administration, embolization, ligation, laser surgery using neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet, carbon dioxide and radiofrequency tissue ablation. We report a rare case of an oral lymphangioma affecting the posterior alveolar ridge of the maxilla. The 51-year-old male patient was referred to our clinic because of a diffuse, 2Å~3cm, blue–purple lesion in the right posterior alveolar ridge. The lesion was removed completely, together with adjacent healthy tissue. Histopathological examination confirmed the lesion as a lymphangioma.


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