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Mimicking Odontogenic Pain Caused by Burkitt’s Lymphoma: A Case Report
J Oral Med Pain 2017;42:85-88
Published online September 30, 2017
© 2017 Korean Academy of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

Eui-Joo Kim1, Soung-Min Kim2, Hee-Kyung Park1

1Department of Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnosis, School of Dentistry and Dental Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry and Dental Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Hee-Kyung Park
Department of Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnosis, School of Dentistry and Dental Research Institute, Seoul National University, 101 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03080, Korea
Tel: +82-2-2072-2610 Fax: +82-2-744-9135 E-mail: dentopark@snu.ac.kr
Received September 7, 2017; Revised September 25, 2017; Accepted September 25, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
Burkitt’s lymphoma is a malignant monoclonal proliferation of early B-lymphocyte. Since Burkitt’s lymphoma is a highly aggressive disease, early detection is a crucial. This disease often involves jaw and mandibular mass or swelling may also be seen, but in the early phase of Burkitt’s lymphoma these symptoms cannot be observed. A rare case of Burkitt’s lymphoma without any mandibular mass and the general symptoms was present. The excruciating toothache led the patient to visit the dental clinic and misdiagnosis of chronic periodontal abscess was made initially. Dentists should consider the oral manifestations of systemic disease when the multiple periodontal ligament space widening is observed and the dental treatment for mimicking odontogenic pain has no effect.
Keywords : Burkitt lymphoma; Periodontal ligament; Toothache


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