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Ameloblastic Carcinoma

Abstract

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NORD is very grateful to James M. Hall, DDS, Assistant Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, for assistance in the preparation of this report.

Synonyms of Ameloblastic Carcinoma

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Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Ameloblastic carcinoma is a rare malignant (cancerous) tumor that normally begins in the bones of the jaw. It is classified as an odontogenic tumor, meaning that it arises from the epithelium that forms the enamel of the teeth. The pattern of epithelial growth is similar to the developing tooth germ and distinctive enough to separate it from other epithelial malignances. Symptoms may include progressive pain and swelling of the jaw. Ameloblastic carcinoma may spread (metastasize) to affect other organs of the body.

Carcinoma refers to cancer that arises in the skin or tissues that line the inside or cover the outside of internal organs (epithelium). The term "cancer" refers to a group of diseases characterized by abnormal, uncontrolled cellular growth that invades surrounding tissues and may spread (metastasize) to distant bodily tissues or organs via the bloodstream, the lymphatic system, or other means. Different forms of cancer, including odontogenic tumors, are classified based upon the cell type involved, the specific nature of the malignancy, and the disease's clinical course.

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