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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 51-54

Importance of volumetric reformatting in the treatment of maxillofacial lesions: A case report of nasopalatine duct cyst

1 Department of Dentistry, State University of Piauí, Parnaiba, Piauí, Brazil
2 Department of Pathology and Legal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
3 Department of Dental Materials and Prosthodontics, Dental School of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil

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DOI: 10.4103/jomr.jomr_20_18

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With the advent of different imaging examinations, one can avoid misleading diagnosis and inadequate treatments of lesions, such as nasopalatine duct cyst (NPDC). The objective of this article is to report a case of NPDC in which different imaging means were used for diagnosis, treatment, and postoperative follow-up of the lesion. Radiograph of a 20-year-old female patient showed a radiolucent heart-shaped area near the apices of the upper central incisors. Diagnostic hypothesis of NPDC was based on clinical examination and imaging analysis of the lesion. The treatment consisted of enucleation of the lesion after volumetric study, which enabled visualization of its relationship with surrounding noble structures. The diagnosis was confirmed by means of histopathological examination. Differential diagnosis of NPDC was well grounded before intervention, and the lesion was studied in detail using three-dimensional volumetric tools, giving effectiveness and safety to the treatment.

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