Volume 14, Number 3, September 2002

Cherubism: Case Report and Review of the Japanese Literature

Hideo Kurokawa,1 Yoshihiro Yamashita,1 Shinobu Takeda,1 Min Zhang,2 Hiroshi Fukuyama,2 Ikuko Nishida,3 Tetsu Takahashi1
1Second Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Kyushu Dental College, Kitakyushu, Japan
2Department Oral Pathology, Kyushu Dental College, Kitakyushu, Japan
3Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Kyushu Dental College, Kitakyushu, Japan

Abstract
Cherubism is a disease of bone characterised by clinical, bilateral, painless enlargement of the jaws. This disease is classified as a non-neoplastic bone lesion in the World Health Organization histological typing of odontogenic tumours. Cherubism is an uncommon disease in Japan and may appear either as a solitary case or among multiple generations in a family. Since cherubism was first described in 1933, many cases have been reported in other countries, but only 13 cases have been reported in Japan. This report is of a 14-year-old girl with non-familial cherubism.

Key words:
Cherubism, Granuloma, giant cell

Asian J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2002;14:173-177.
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