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2023 Jan

Dent Clin North Am



Pathology Mimicking Orofacial Pain.


Sandhu S, Handa S
Dent Clin North Am. 2023 Jan; 67(1):117-127.
PMID: 36404072.


A case of a 64-year-old woman is reported, who developed new-onset pain over a preexisting area of right mandibular fullness. Clinical examination, MRI, and fine-needle aspiration cytology confirmed the diagnosis of a benign parotid gland tumor-pleomorphic adenoma, which was treated by total parotidectomy with complete removal of the tumor. When evaluating a patient with orofacial pain, oral health care providers should be cognizant of all potential differential diagnoses, especially in the setting of red flags such as persistent or enlarging facial swelling/fullness.