Recurrent giant cell lesion of the nasomaxillary region in a child: Excision and immediate reconstruction with a free rectus abdominis muscle transfer

Jeffrey C. Posnick, Heather J. Cleland, Ronald M. Zuker, David Mock

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Giant cell lesions of the jaws are the most common benign jaw tumors in childhood,1,2 yet they are poorly understood and their management is ill-defined. It is increasingly recognized that the innocuous reputation established for this tumor in the early literature3-5 does not always apply, but at present no histological markers of tumor behavior are available to assist clinicians in deciding on treatment.6,7 The difficulties are compounded when the lesion occurs in childhood and the likelihood of increased tumor aggressiveness1,6,7 must be weighed against the desire to avoid mutilating surgery and unnecessary interference with growth in treating what remains an essentially benign condition. A case is presented of an extensive, recurrent giant cell lesion of the maxilla in a 14-year-old girl that was managed with definitive excisional surgery and immediate free-flap reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1015
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1992
Externally publishedYes

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