Oral Radiology

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 71–75 | Cite as

Unusual radiographic presentation of an aneurysmal bone cyst of the mandible

  • Dragana GabrićEmail author
  • Spomenka Manojlović
  • Dijana Zadravec
  • Vanja Vučićević Boras
  • Mišo Virag
Case Report


An 11-year-old girl was referred because of a painless firm swelling in the right posterior mandible that had started 2 months previously. A panoramic radiograph showed a nonspecific finding of a tiny discreet shadow following the lower border of the mandible, without any radiographic signs of radiolucency in the affected area or discontinuity of the lower border. However, multislice computed tomography (MSCT) findings were suggestive of an aneurysmal bone cyst, and histopathological findings revealed a diagnosis of aneurysmal bone cyst. Complete surgical excision followed by extensive cortical bone curettage was done, and no recurrence has been observed in the past 5 years. A differential diagnosis list is included, and extended with fibrous dysplasia according to the radiographic findings. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of a jaw aneurysmal bone cyst with unusual initial radiographic findings. Furthermore, a ground-glass appearance on MSCT scans suggested fibrous dysplasia. The present case highlights the need for accurate differential diagnosis of the lesion described to obtain the correct diagnosis in a timely manner and plan the appropriate treatment.


Aneurysmal bone cysts Jaw diseases Panoramic radiography Multislice computed tomography Fibrous dysplasia 



The authors wish to acknowledge Professor Marijana Javornik Čubrić, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb for her detailed and helpful comments on the medical English of the manuscript.

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Conflict of interest

Dragana Gabrić, Spomenka Manojlović, Dijana Zadravec, Vanja Vučićević Boras, and Mišo Virag declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human rights statement and informed consent

All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1964 and later versions. Informed consent was obtained from the patient’s parents to publish the case as a clinical report.


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© Japanese Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Springer Japan 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dragana Gabrić
    • 1
    Email author
  • Spomenka Manojlović
    • 2
  • Dijana Zadravec
    • 3
  • Vanja Vučićević Boras
    • 4
  • Mišo Virag
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Oral Surgery, School of Dental MedicineUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, School of MedicineUniversity of Zagreb, Clinical Hospital DubravaZagrebCroatia
  3. 3.Department of Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologyReferral Centre for Radiologic Prevention, Diagnostics, Intervention and Rehabilitation of Head and Neck Diseases, University Hospital Center Sisters of Mercy, School of Dental Medicine, University of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  4. 4.Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dental MedicineUniversity of Zagreb, Clinical Hospital Center ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  5. 5.Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, School of MedicineUniversity of Zagreb, Clinical Hospital DubravaZagrebCroatia

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