Pre-Orthodontic cyst- report of a traumatic bone cyst diagnosed prior to Orthodontic treatment

Quiste Pre-ortodoncia - informe de un quiste de hueso traumático diagnosticado antes del tratamiento ortodóncico
  • Dr Shishir Ram Shetty. Assistant Professor , Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences. Mangalore

  • Dr Rohan Mascarenhas. Professor, Department of Orthodontics, Yenepoya Dental College . Mangalore

  • Dr Sripathi Rao. Dean & Head, Department of Oral Surgery, Yenepoya Dental College. Mangalore

  • Dr Gunachandra Rai. Professor, Department of Oral Surgery, Yenepoya Dental College.Mangalore

  • Dr Maji Jose. Professor & Head, Department of Oral pathology, Yenepoya Dental College. Mangalore

  • Dr Prasanna Kumar Rao. Reader, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Yenepoya Dental College. Mangalore

    Corresponding author- Dr Shishir Ram Shetty
    Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Mangalore, India. Cellphone +919986221047
    Email - [email protected]
Traumatic bone cyst is a rare bone lesion often diagnosed during routine radiographic procedures carried out prior to orthodontic treatment. They are seldom detected on clinical examination because of their inability to cause cortical expansion. We report to you a rare case of traumatic bone cyst that was detected accidentally during radiographic investigations carried out before the commencement of orthodontic treatment.

Keywords: traumatic bone cyst, orthodontic treatment, accidental radiographic finding, three-dimensional imaging.

Quiste Pre-ortodoncia - informe de un quiste de hueso traumático diagnosticado antes de tratamiento ortodóncico

El quiste de hueso traumático es una lesión de hueso rara a menudo diagnosticada durante la rutina radiográfica procedimientos realizados antes del tratamiento ortodóncico. Ellos son rara vez descubiertos por el examen clínico debido a su inhabilidad de causar la extensión cortical. Le relatamos un caso raro del quiste de hueso traumático que fue descubierto por casualidad durante investigaciones radiográficas realizadas antes del comienzo del tratamiento ortodóncico.

Palabras clave: quiste de hueso traumático, tratamiento de ortodoncia, descubrimiento de radiográfico casual, representación tridimensional.

Traumatic bone cyst (TBC) is a non neoplastic bone lesion also referred by synonyms such as haemorrhagic bone cyst, simple bone cyst, solitary bone cyst, extravasation cyst, idiopathic bone cyst & primary bone cyst. (1) It was first described Lucas in the year 1929 since then it has evoked great deal of interest. (2) The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends use of term Solitary bone cyst, although traumatic one cyst is most widely used term. (1)

Numerous theories have been linked to the formation traumatic bone cyst which includes medullary bone haemorrhage secondary to trauma, cystic degeneration of fibro-osseous lesions, intraosseous vascular anomalies, alteration of bony metabolism and low level of infection. (3) It was suggested that trauma initiated a subperiostal hematoma that caused a compromised blood supply to the area, leading to osteoclastic bone resorption. (4)

In an evaluation carried out on 26 cases of TBC, 30.77% had trauma history, 69.23% had some relation to orthodontic treatment, and 50% of all cases had been diagnosed during initial orthodontic documentation (5).TBC accounts for nearly 1% of cystic lesions occurring in the jaws. (6) About 56-70% of the cases of TBC are diagnosed during the sex decade of life with no gender predilection. (7) TBCs usually occur in the posterior region of mandibular body but instances of occurrence in the symphisis region have also been reported. (7) TBC usually presents as a unilocular radiolucent area with a typical festooned pattern around the apices of the adjacent teeth. (8) The typical festooned or scalloping appearance is also seen in edentulous areas. (9)

Surgical exploration has been advised not just to confirm the diagnosis but also a treatment modality. (10) Bone regeneration after surgical exploration is typical feature of TBCs. (11) Spontaneous regression of the lesion has been observed in cases of TBC. (12).

The case is presented is intended to provide insight about traumatic bone cyst which is a relatively rare pathological entity. It is most commonly detected as an accidental finding during routine radiographic procedures carried out before the commencement of orthodontic treatment. Furthermore the role of three dimensional imaging in the diagnosis of such TBC is also highlighted in our case.

Case Report
A 18-year-old female patient from Mangalore (India) reported to our clinic with complains of forwardly placed teeth. The medical history of the patient was non-contributory, patient had visited dentist on two previous occasions for scaling. Patient had a history of minor trauma to the lower jaw 2 years back but did not seek any medical attention. After a thorough clinical examination, a lateral cephalogram and an orthopantomogram were made. A well defined unilocular radiolucent area was noticed on the right side of the body of mandible (Fig. 1). The lesion extended from the root apex of the mandibular second premolar anteriorly to the mesial root surface of the second molar on the right side. Inferiorly it extended to the lower border of the mandible and superiorly it extended into the inter-radicular and interdental areas of the molars and premolars. The lamina dura appeared discontinuous in the first molar area. No evidence of external root resorption or tooth displacement was noticed. Vitality test of the teeth on the same side revealed a normal response. The lesion was provisionally diagnosed as a traumatic bone cyst. Computerized tomography (CT) of the jaws was performed which revealed buccal cortical expansion and unilocular osteolytic area on the right posterior region of the mandible (Fig.2). Buccal cortical thinning was also noticed in transverse CT section (Fig.3). A three- dimensional reconstruction CT was also made to determine the precise extension of the lesion (Fig.4 & 5). The area was surgically explored through the buccal side; hollow cavity lacking a lining was noticed (Fig.6). Bleeding was induced and the flap was sutured. Based on these clinical and radiological findings a final diagnosis of traumatic bone cyst was made.

Figure 1
Orthopantomogram showing unilocular radiolucent area on the right side of the body of mandible.

Figure 2
CT section showing the extension of the lesion

Figure 3
CT section showing buccal cortical expansion and thinning

Figure 4
Three dimensional reconstruction shoes cortical changes around the mental foramen on the right side.

Figure 5
Showing the precise extension of the lesion

Figure 6
Surgical exploration of the site showing hollow cavity

The surgical exploration of the lesion was carried out and bleeding was induced because of evidence of bone regeneration after such procedure. Good healing at the site of surgical procedure was noticed after 2 weeks. The extent to which the lesion has healed will have to be determined by periodic follow-up by radiological evaluation of the site.

The history of trauma to the jaws also was a crucial factor which helped us to arrive to a definitive diagnosis along with radiological features and surgical exploration.

The fact that traumatic bone cyst is usually asymptomatic and detected during routine radiographic procedures makes it very important pathological entity so that it is diagnosed and treated at very early stage.

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