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Dentigerous Cyst
Kristine M. Mosier, DMD, PhD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Pathology

          • Clinical Issues

            • Diagnostic Checklist

              TERMINOLOGY

              • Synonyms

                • Follicular cyst
              • Definitions

                • Benign developmental jaw cyst associated with crown of unerupted tooth
                • Dentigerous means "having teeth"; lesion is intimately associated with tooth

              IMAGING

              • General Features

                • Radiographic Findings

                  • CT Findings

                    • MR Findings

                      • Imaging Recommendations

                        DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                          PATHOLOGY

                          • General Features

                            • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                              • Microscopic Features

                                CLINICAL ISSUES

                                • Presentation

                                  • Demographics

                                    • Natural History & Prognosis

                                      • Treatment

                                        DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                        • Consider

                                          • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                            • Reporting Tips

                                              Selected References

                                              1. Mosier KM: Lesions of the jaw. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 36(5):444-50, 2015
                                              2. Mosier KM: Magnetic resonance imaging of the maxilla and mandible: signal characteristics and features in the differential diagnosis of common lesions. Top Magn Reson Imaging. 24(1):23-37, 2015
                                              3. Kakimoto N et al: Contrast-enhanced multidetector computerized tomography for odontogenic cysts and cystic-appearing tumors of the jaws: is it useful? Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 115(1):104-13, 2013
                                              4. Curé JK et al: Radiopaque jaw lesions: an approach to the differential diagnosis. Radiographics. 32(7):1909-25, 2012
                                              5. Bharatha A et al: Pictorial essay: cysts and cyst-like lesions of the jaws. Can Assoc Radiol J. 61(3):133-43, 2010
                                              6. Buyukkurt MC et al: Dentigerous cyst associated with an ectopic tooth in the maxillary sinus: a report of 3 cases and review of the literature. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 109(1):67-71, 2010
                                              7. Avelar RL et al: Odontogenic cysts: a clinicopathological study of 507 cases. J Oral Sci. 51(4):581-6, 2009
                                              8. Hayasaki H et al: Dentigerous cyst in primary dentition: case report of a 4-year-old girl. Pediatr Dent. 31(4):294-7, 2009
                                              9. Kim KS et al: Dentigerous cyst presenting with sinus headache as the primary symptom. Headache. 49(6):919-22, 2009
                                              10. McCrea S: Adjacent dentigerous cysts with the ectopic displacement of a third mandibular molar and supernumerary (forth) molar: a rare occurrence. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 107(6):e15-20, 2009
                                              11. Prabhu SP et al: Dentigerous cyst associated with a displaced tooth in the maxillary sinus: an unusual cause of recurrent sinusitis in an adolescent. Pediatr Radiol. 39(10):1102-4, 2009
                                              12. Dunsche A et al: Dentigerous cyst versus unicystic ameloblastoma--differential diagnosis in routine histology. J Oral Pathol Med. 32(8): 486-91, 2003
                                              13. Hisatomi M et al: MR imaging of epithelial cysts of the oral and maxillofacial region. Eur J Radiol. 48(2):178-82, 2003
                                              14. Scholl RJ et al: Cysts and cystic lesions of the mandible: clinical and radiologic-histopathologic review. Radiographics. 19(5):1107-24, 1999
                                              15. Han MH et al: Cystic expansile masses of the maxilla: differential diagnosis with CT and MR. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 16(2):333-8, 1995
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                                              References
                                              Tables

                                              Tables

                                              KEY FACTS

                                              • Terminology

                                                • Imaging

                                                  • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                                    • Pathology

                                                      • Clinical Issues

                                                        • Diagnostic Checklist

                                                          TERMINOLOGY

                                                          • Synonyms

                                                            • Follicular cyst
                                                          • Definitions

                                                            • Benign developmental jaw cyst associated with crown of unerupted tooth
                                                            • Dentigerous means "having teeth"; lesion is intimately associated with tooth

                                                          IMAGING

                                                          • General Features

                                                            • Radiographic Findings

                                                              • CT Findings

                                                                • MR Findings

                                                                  • Imaging Recommendations

                                                                    DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                                      PATHOLOGY

                                                                      • General Features

                                                                        • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                                                          • Microscopic Features

                                                                            CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                                            • Presentation

                                                                              • Demographics

                                                                                • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                                  • Treatment

                                                                                    DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                                    • Consider

                                                                                      • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                                                        • Reporting Tips

                                                                                          Selected References

                                                                                          1. Mosier KM: Lesions of the jaw. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 36(5):444-50, 2015
                                                                                          2. Mosier KM: Magnetic resonance imaging of the maxilla and mandible: signal characteristics and features in the differential diagnosis of common lesions. Top Magn Reson Imaging. 24(1):23-37, 2015
                                                                                          3. Kakimoto N et al: Contrast-enhanced multidetector computerized tomography for odontogenic cysts and cystic-appearing tumors of the jaws: is it useful? Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 115(1):104-13, 2013
                                                                                          4. Curé JK et al: Radiopaque jaw lesions: an approach to the differential diagnosis. Radiographics. 32(7):1909-25, 2012
                                                                                          5. Bharatha A et al: Pictorial essay: cysts and cyst-like lesions of the jaws. Can Assoc Radiol J. 61(3):133-43, 2010
                                                                                          6. Buyukkurt MC et al: Dentigerous cyst associated with an ectopic tooth in the maxillary sinus: a report of 3 cases and review of the literature. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 109(1):67-71, 2010
                                                                                          7. Avelar RL et al: Odontogenic cysts: a clinicopathological study of 507 cases. J Oral Sci. 51(4):581-6, 2009
                                                                                          8. Hayasaki H et al: Dentigerous cyst in primary dentition: case report of a 4-year-old girl. Pediatr Dent. 31(4):294-7, 2009
                                                                                          9. Kim KS et al: Dentigerous cyst presenting with sinus headache as the primary symptom. Headache. 49(6):919-22, 2009
                                                                                          10. McCrea S: Adjacent dentigerous cysts with the ectopic displacement of a third mandibular molar and supernumerary (forth) molar: a rare occurrence. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 107(6):e15-20, 2009
                                                                                          11. Prabhu SP et al: Dentigerous cyst associated with a displaced tooth in the maxillary sinus: an unusual cause of recurrent sinusitis in an adolescent. Pediatr Radiol. 39(10):1102-4, 2009
                                                                                          12. Dunsche A et al: Dentigerous cyst versus unicystic ameloblastoma--differential diagnosis in routine histology. J Oral Pathol Med. 32(8): 486-91, 2003
                                                                                          13. Hisatomi M et al: MR imaging of epithelial cysts of the oral and maxillofacial region. Eur J Radiol. 48(2):178-82, 2003
                                                                                          14. Scholl RJ et al: Cysts and cystic lesions of the mandible: clinical and radiologic-histopathologic review. Radiographics. 19(5):1107-24, 1999
                                                                                          15. Han MH et al: Cystic expansile masses of the maxilla: differential diagnosis with CT and MR. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 16(2):333-8, 1995