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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 123-126  

Unusual mandibular condylar pathology: Aneurysmal bone cyst, a case report and review on reconstruction

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, S.C.B Dental College and Hospital, Cuttack, Odisha, India

Date of Web Publication26-Oct-2015

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Indu Bhusan Kar
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, S.C.B. Dental College and Hospital, Cuttack - 753 007, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-5950.168221

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Aneurysmal bone cysts (ABCs) involving condyle are unusual clinical presentation affecting younger group of society with only 12 cases reported till today in English literature. In this case of ABC condyle following resection, reconstruction of temporomandibular joint was done by alloplastic condylar prosthesis as a primary choice. Monthly basis follow-up was done for 1-year with a successful result. Reviewing the reconstructive options used in ABC condyle cases we found that the condylar head add-on system has shown a satisfactory result in comparison to costochondral graft with no donor site morbidity. We recommend condylar head add-on system should be preferred as a primary reconstructive option, reserving the autograft for recurrence cases.

Keywords: Aneurysmal bone cyst, aneurysmal bone cyst mandibular condyle, condylar prosthesis, metallic condylar head add-on system

How to cite this article:
Kar IB, Mishra N, Ukey RB, Chopda PD. Unusual mandibular condylar pathology: Aneurysmal bone cyst, a case report and review on reconstruction. Natl J Maxillofac Surg 2015;6:123-6

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Kar IB, Mishra N, Ukey RB, Chopda PD. Unusual mandibular condylar pathology: Aneurysmal bone cyst, a case report and review on reconstruction. Natl J Maxillofac Surg [serial online] 2015 [cited 2022 Dec 6];6:123-6. Available from: https://www.njms.in/text.asp?2015/6/1/123/168221

   Introduction Top

Aneurysmal bone cysts (ABCs) of the condyle are rare clinical presentations.[1] The World Health Organization defines ABC as an expansive osteolytic lesion consisting of blood-filled spaces and channels divided by connective tissue septa that contains osteoid-like tissue and osteoclast-like giant cells.[2] ABC commonly occur in the long bones (50%), vertebral column (20%),[3] but in maxillofacial region, two-thirds were located in mandible (body of the mandible 40%, the ramus 30% and the angle 19%) and one-third in the maxilla [4] representing about only 1.5% of all nonepithelial cysts of the jaws.[1],[3] It usually occurs in young persons, below 20 years of age, and shows no gender predilection.[5] This case represents unusual mandibular condylar pathology (ABC) which was treated by resection and metallic condylar head add-on system (Ortho Max, India) as a primary reconstructive option.

   Case Report Top

An 18-year-old female reported to our center with the chief complaint of swelling in the region just in front of right ear from 5 months with no history of previous trauma to the region.

Clinical examination revealed a smooth, firm, but diffuse swelling of size 4 cm × 4 cm (approximately) was present in the right preauricular region [Figure 1]. On examination, there was the presence of mild tenderness, deviation of mandible on opening, and nerve of facial expression was unaffected. Mouth opening was mildly reduced to 26 mm.
Figure 1: Swelling and facial asymmetry present on right side of face

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On investigation, hemogram showed Hb 12 g%, total leukocyte count 8200 cells/cmm, total platelet count 2.2 lac/cmm and DC showed polymorphs 74%, lymphocytes 20%, eosinophils 6%. The serum alkaline phosphates 177 IU/L, serum phosphorus 3.5 mg/dl and serum calcium (ionized) 1.09 mmol/L were within normal limits. On panoramic examination, there was a radiolucent lesion in the area of right mandibular condyle. Further imaging with computed tomography (CT) revealed a 3.4 cm × 3.3 cm sized expanded, cystic lesion of the right mandibular condyle with septa and fluid levels, suggesting a diagnosis of ABC [Figure 2].[6]
Figure 2: Computed tomography view of the condylar pathology

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Extraoral approach was used for gross condylar resection with the articular disk in place and alloplastic metallic condylar head add-on system [Figure 3] as a primary reconstructive option. Histopathological examination of resected condyle revealed a wide fibrous stroma with cystic spaces lined by uneven band of fibroblasts, stromal cells, and osteoclastic giant cells with hemorrhage in lumina of cysts suggestive of ABC [Figure 4] and [Figure 5]. Fourty-eight hours postoperatively, an active mouth exercise was conducted for 3–4 times a day for 2 weeks. On postoperative evaluation, all the branches of facial nerve were functioning normally [Figure 6]. The patient has been reviewed on a monthly basis for 1-year without any signs of discomfort and recurrence [Figure 7] with the satisfactorily functioning condylar head add-on system, normal mouth opening [Figure 8], and mandibular border movements.
Figure 3: Metallic condylar head add-on system in place after resection

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Figure 4: Low magnification view showing cystic spaces lined by fibroblasts with hemorrhage in lumina (H and E stain)

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Figure 5: High magnification view showing uneven band of fibroblasts, stromal cells, and osteoclastic giant cells (H and E stain)

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Figure 6: Normal facial nerve function postoperatively

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Figure 7: Panoramic view of condylar prosthesis after 1-year

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Figure 8: Satisfactorily working temporomandibular joint after 1-year

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   Discussion Top

The ABC is a benign solitary osseous lesion recognized as a distinct clinicopathological entity by Jaffe and Lichtenstein in 1942.[4],[5] Various theories where put forward like trauma, alteration of local hemodynamics, subperiosteal intraosseous hematoma, and secondary phenomena occurring in primary cystic lesions of bone and tumors [4] but, the etiology of ABC still remains elusive and unclear.

The ABC has been classified as primary and secondary were primary may be divided into congenital or acquired type.[1] Histopathologically, the vascular variant is more common and consists of about 95% of total cases of ABC while the solid type is rare, occurring in only 5–8% cases.[4]

The clinical signs and symptoms of ABC are nonspecific and do not lead to any clinical diagnosis. Similarly in this case also, there was presence of swelling, asymmetry and associated pain secondary to temporomandibular joint dysfunction,[7] CT scan showing different fluid levels and histologically, blood-filled spaces within connective tissue stroma, and osteoclastic multinucleated giant cells which is pathognomonic of ABC together has led to the definitive diagnosis of ABC.

Zadik et al. concluded that block resection has shown comparatively good results with minimal recurrence (20% comparing to 60% in curettage) and also recommended close postoperative follow-up of at least 12 months especially on condylar involvement as recurrence of condylar ABCs (40%) was comparatively higher than noncondylar jaw ABCs (13%).[7] In this case also after following similar protocol, the outcome was satisfactory at the end of 1-year.

Comparing the results of 8 cases of reconstruction in ABC condyle including this case [Table 1][5],[7],[8],[9] we found that, 62.5% cases has gone for costochondral graft either as a primary or in recurrence cases as an reconstructive option, while 25% cases has taken condylar prosthesis as an reconstructive option. Ettl et al. used condylar head add-on system in recurrence case with satisfactory results over a period of 8 months. Marx et al. with a large series (131 cases) of alloplastic condylar replacement reported the complication rate of 10.6% over a minimum follow-up period of 3 years.[10] Our results matched with these studies [Table 2] represent the postoperative 1-year status of the patient.
Table 1: Reconstruction review of ABC condyle resected cases

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Table 2: Postoperative 1-year patient status

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Findings from this cases states that, bypassing the risk and morbidity of donor site especially in female patients were donor site is a surgical dilemma for surgeon and patient both; metallic condylar prosthesis can be used as a satisfactory alternative to autograft in primary condylar reconstruction. However, we recommend a longer follow-up for better evaluation of function and complications if any.

   Conclusion Top

Condylar head add-on system has shown promising and satisfactory results with avoiding obvious disadvantages of autograft like surgical risk and donor site morbidity. It can be considered as a preferred primary reconstructive option, reserving the autograft for recurrence cases.

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   References Top

Gadre KS, Zubairy RA. Aneurysmal bone cyst of the mandibular condyle: Report of a case. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2000;58:439-43.  Back to cited text no. 1
Sun ZJ, Zhao YF, Yang RL, Zwahlen RA. Aneurysmal bone cysts of the jaws: Analysis of 17 cases. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2010;68:2122-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Rapidis AD, Vallianatou D, Apostolidis C, Lagogiannis G. Large lytic lesion of the ascending ramus, the condyle, and the infratemporal region. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2004;62:996-1001.  Back to cited text no. 5
Ettl T, Ständer K, Schwarz S, Reichert TE, Driemel O. Recurrent aneurysmal bone cyst of the mandibular condyle with soft tissue extension. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2009;38:699-703.  Back to cited text no. 6
Zadik Y, Aktas A, Drucker S, Nitzan DW. Aneurysmal bone cyst of mandibular condyle: A case report and review of the literature. J Craniomaxillofac Surg 2012;40:e243-8.  Back to cited text no. 7
Park W, Nam W, Park HS, Kim HJ. Intraosseous lesion in mandibular condyle mimicking temporomandibular disorders: Report of 3 cases. J Orofac Pain 2008;22:65-70.  Back to cited text no. 8
Ziang Z, Chi Y, Minjie C, Yating Q, Xieyi C. Complete resection and immediate reconstruction with costochondral graft for recurrent aneurysmal bone cyst of the mandibular condyle. J Craniofac Surg 2013;24:e567-70.  Back to cited text no. 9
Marx RE, Cillo JE Jr, Broumand V, Ulloa JJ. Outcome analysis of mandibular condylar replacements in tumor and trauma reconstruction: A prospective analysis of 131 cases with long-term follow-up. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2008;66:2515-23.  Back to cited text no. 10


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