Korean J Oral Maxillofac Radiol. 2000 Mar;30(1):80-86. Korean.
Benign Osteopetrosis: Report of a case.
Kim KA, Lim SY, Koh KJ.
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, School of Dentistry, Chonbuk National University, Korea. email@example.com
Institute of Oral Bio Science, Chonbuk National University, Korea.
A 37-year-old male with the complaint of intermittent gingival swelling and dull pain associated with the food impaction of the mandibular third molar area was referred to our department of Chonbuk National University Hospital. The dental history of the patient showed that he had had extraction of maxillary left third molar two years ago without complications. Intraoral and panoramic radiographs showed a diffuse increased radiopacity of the maxilla and mandible. The trabecular pattern was obliterated. Postero-anterior skull and lateral skull radiographs showed thickening of cortical bone and diffuse increased radiopacity of the skull. Additional radiographs showed similar changes in the lumbar spine, clavicles, iliac bone and femur. However, no evidence of osteomyelitis was observed clinically and radiographically. Laboratory findings showed normal values of serum calcium, phosphorus, and alkaline phosphatase. Based on the radiographic examinations and the laboratory findings, final diagnosis was made as a benign osteopetrosis.