Head and Neck Pathology

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 68–77 | Cite as

Update from the 4th Edition of the World Health Organization Classification of Head and Neck Tumours: Odontogenic and Maxillofacial Bone Tumors

  • John M. WrightEmail author
  • Marilena Vered
Original Paper
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  1. World Health Organization Classification Update


The 4th edition of the World Health Organization’s Classification of Head and Neck Tumours was published in January of 2017. This article provides a summary of the changes to Chapter 4 Tumours of the oral cavity and mobile tongue and Chapter 8 Odontogenic and maxillofacial bone tumours. Odontogenic cysts which were eliminated from the 3rd 2005 edition were included in the 4th edition as well as other unique allied conditons of the jaws. Many new tumors published since 2005 have been included in the 2017 classification.


Odontogenic cysts odontogenic tumors Gnathic conditions Gnathic bone tumors WHO Classification Update on WHO Classification of odontogenic tumors 


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Neither Drs. Wright nor Vered have anything to disclose regarding potential conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic SciencesTexas A&M University, School of DentistryDallasUSA
  2. 2.Department of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine, School of Dental MedicineTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  3. 3.Institute of PathologyChaim Sheba Medical CenterRamat GanIsrael

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