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South African Dental Journal

On-line version ISSN 0375-1562
Print version ISSN 0011-8516


WOOD, NH  and  MOODLEY, A. Oral medicine case book 72: A rare case of Nodular Fasciitis affecting the mandibular gingiva. S. Afr. dent. j. [online]. 2016, vol.71, n.2, pp.78-80. ISSN 0375-1562.

Nodular fasciitis (NF) is a rapidly growing, myofibroblastic lesion with a challenging diagnosis. The deceptive clinical and histologic features of NF often lead to misdiagnoses that include malignancies. Nodular Fasciitis is benign and has a low recurrence rate after complete excision, which is the treatment of choice. Intra-oral lesions are especially rare. We describe the case of a 27 year old female who presented with localized, lobular-exophytic nodular fasciitis of the mandibular gingiva. To our knowledge, this is the ninth case to be reported occurring in this anatomic site and the forty-fifth intra-oral case.

Keywords : Nodular Fasciitis; fibro-reactive lesion; gingival lesion; spindle-cell lesions.

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