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Calcifying Aponeurotic Fibroma of the Temporomandibular Joint in an Adult Patient: A Case Report
J Oral Med Pain 2019;44:35-39
Published online March 30, 2019;
© 2019 Korean Academy of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

Hye-Mi Jeon1, Sung-Hee Jeong2, Yong-Woo Ahn2, So-Yeun Kim1, Kyung-Hwa Jung1, Eun-Young Kwon1, Soo-Min Ok2

1Dental Clinic Center, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea, 2Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Korea
Correspondence to: Soo-Min Ok
Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University, 49 Busandaehak-ro, Mulgeum-eup, Yangsan 50612, Korea, Tel: +82-55-360-5243 Fax: +82-55-360-5238, E-mail:,
Received February 22, 2019; Revised March 18, 2019; Accepted March 18, 2019.
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Calcifying aponeurotic fibroma (CAF) is an uncommon benign soft-tissue fibroblastic tumor with characteristic histological features. It mainly occurs in the distal part of the extremities, such as the hands and feet, in children and adolescents. Males are twice as commonly affected as females. CAF exhibits local invasiveness, and hence, its recurrence rate is also high. Therefore, complete surgical excision is both diagnostic and therapeutic. The occurrence of CAF in the maxillofacial region, especially the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is very rare, and this necessitates its differentiation from other TMJ neoplasms. The differential diagnosis of CAF requires microscopic examination. Herein, we report a rare case of CAF located at the left mandibular condyle, which was confirmed by histopathological analysis.
Keywords : Adult; Calcifying aponeurotic fibroma; Temporomandibular joint

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