Lymphatic malformation in the masseter muscle. Case report
Any OGANIAN, Nikolaos KECHAGIAS, Lambros ZOULOUMIS
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic, Dental School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and “G. Papanikolaou” General Hospital. Thessaloniki, Greece. (Head: Professor K. Antoniadis)
Hellenic Archives of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (2013) 2, 113-117
SUMMARY: Introduction: Lymphatic malformations are rather rare benign lesions that can occur anywhere in the human body originating from the lymphatic system. The vast majority of these lesions (approximately 75%) develop in the head and neck region, with the tongue being the most common intraoral site of occurrence. They are usually identified early, during the first two years of an individual’s life, with both genders being equally affected. Their surgical removal is the treatment of choice. Case report: the case of a 43-year-old female patient with a lymphatic malformation within the left cheek is presented. Treatment was surgical removal with an intraoral approach. The importance of this case lies in the rare occurrence site of the lymphatic malformation, inside the masseter muscle, as well as in the patient’s age, which was above what is typically reported in this type of lesions.
KEY WORDS: lymphatic malformation, masseter muscle, surgical procedure.
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