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National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery
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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 108-112

Epiphora and nasal blockage – An unusual presentation of Pindborg tumor: A case report and literature review

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dental Sciences, Dharmsinh Desai University, Nadiad, Gujarat, India

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Dr. Urvi Shah
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DOI: 10.4103/njms.NJMS_104_20

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Odontogenic tumors are silent ailments which can affect any individual. One such lesion is a calcifying epithelial odontogenic tumor (CEOT). It is a rare lesion with a locally aggressive nature. A 33-year-old male presented with nasal blockage and continuous flow of tears from the left eye for the past 7–8 months. Clinical examination revealed slightly protruded left eyeball and altered level of eyeballs with continuous watery discharge. Hess chart confirmed normal eye movements. Intraoral findings were not significant. The final diagnosis of CEOT was established based on the histopathological aspects. CEOT is mostly found in the third to fifth decade of life without gender predilection. Presenting symptoms and signs comprise painless expansile mass, although there are reports associated with pain, nasal obstruction, epistaxis, and proptosis. In this article, we would like to present a case of CEOT with epiphora and nasal blockage as the main and only presentation, an uncommon finding. Furthermore, discussing and posing a question of an adequate period of follow-up required to negate the presence of recurrence. One must stay vigilant enough not only to attest a singular symptom to the commonest ailment related to it but also to explore the possibility of the less known. Furthermore, we need to further research in depth to establish a certain duration after which the likeliness of recurrence is to the minimum.

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