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J Korean Soc Ther Radiol Oncol > Volume 23(3); 2005 > Article
The Journal of the Korean Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology 2005;23(3): 194-200.
The Role of Postoperative Radiotherapy for Ameloblastic Carcinoma of the Mandible: Case Report
Won Taek Kim, In Kyo Chung, Yong Kan Ki, Ji Ho Nam, Byung Hyun Gwon, Dong Won Kim
1Department of Radiation Oncology, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea. rokwt@hanmail.net
2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea.
ABSTRACT
An ameloblastic carcinoma is a very rare odontogenic malignant tumor, which sometimes have a benign clinical nature, but typically have aggressive features, with large ulcerative lesion and extensive local destruction. These clinical characteristics make the complete surgical removal of a tumor difficult. As a consequence, a poor prognosis may result due to local recurrence and distant metastasis. For this reason, it is important to consider adjuvant therapies for high-risk ameloblastic carcinoma patients. Here, the case of a recurrent ameloblastic carcinoma that occurred in the mandible after primary surgery is reported. The lesion was treated with further local excision, followed by postoperative radiotherapy. Also, a few remarks on the role of postoperative radiotherapy in patient with ameloblastic carcinoma have been made from a review of the current literatures on the treatment of this type of lesion.
Key Words: Ameloblastic carinoma, Postoperative radiotherapy
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