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Lymphangioma of the Lower Lip Mimicking a Mucocele in Children

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Lymphangioma is a hamartoma resulting from the proliferation of common lymphatic vessels in the head and neck area, rarely appearing in the lower lips. Its clinical presentation is a nodular mass with a pebbly surface and no defined borders formed by a cluster of slow-growing coalescing vesicles. The purpose of this paper is to present two children with a lesion in the lower lip whose clinical characteristics (single papillary lesion with a pediculated base, same color and consistency of the surrounding mucosa, and negative result for diascopy test) suggested an initial diagnosis of mucocele but were later confirmed as cavernous lymphangiomas. The clinical and microscopic characteristics of the lesions are discussed as well as the differential diagnosis and the treatment approach. These cases reinforce the importance of always performing a confirmatory histopathological analysis, even for lesions with typical clinical features.


Document Type: Case Report

Affiliations: 1: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, São Paulo, Brazil. [email protected] 2: School of Dentistry, Amazonas State University, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil 3: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, São Paulo, Brazil

Publication date: May 1, 2015

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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