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Benign tumors and tumor-like lesions of the oral cavity and jaws: An analysis of 709 cases

A Kilinc, N Saruhan, B Gundogdu, E Yalcin, U Ertas, G Urvasizoglu


Purpose: The purpose was to examine the prevalence, gender, age and site(s) of odontogenic and nonodontogenic benign tumors, and tumor‑like lesions occurring in the oral cavity and jaws in a Turkish population, particularly, in the Eastern Turkey, and to compare findings of this study with other reports.

Materials and Methods: The data were collected from the files of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Department of Oral Pathology, Ataturk University, Turkey, during a 10‑year period from January 2005 to January 2015. They were analyzed descriptively regarding prevalence, age, sex, lesion type, and site.

Results: A total of 709 benign tumor and tumor‑like lesions of the oral cavity, and jaws were selected during a period of 10 years. One hundred and twenty‑one of these lesions (17%) were odontogenic benign tumors while 588 (83%) were nonodontogenic benign tumor and tumor‑like lesions.

Conclusions: This study revealed that the distribution and characteristics of benign tumors and tumor‑like lesions of oral cavity and jaws in the Turkish population, particularly including the Eastern region of Turkey have some differences as well as similarities with the findings of studies in different populations.

Keywords: Nonodontogenic benign tumors, odontogenic tumors, oral cavity and jaws, tumor‑like lesions

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