Volume 16, Number 4, December 2004

Localised Amyloidosis of the Palate: Multislice Helical Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings

Katsuhiko Hayashi, Akihiro Ikai, Masashi Sugisaki, Haruyasu Tanabe

Department of Dentistry, Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

Localised amyloidosis in the head and neck is a rare disease. This report presents a 43-year-old woman with localised amyloidosis of the hard palate. Multislice helical computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging findings are discussed. Computed tomography findings are non-specific with various degrees of contrast enhancement resulting from the degree of vascularity in the lesion. Signal intensities on both T1- and T2-weighted magnetic resonance images resemble those of skeletal muscle, and significant enhancement on enhanced T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging is noted.

Key words:
Amyloidosis, Magnetic resonance imaging, Palate, Tomography, X-ray computed

Asian J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2004;16:255-259.

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