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Incidental findings in the maxillofacial region detected by cone beam CT.
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PMID:  21960135     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the location, nature, and occurrence of incidental maxillofacial findings on cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans performed for maxillofacial diagnostic purposes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CBCT images of 207 consecutive patients (129 females and 78 males) were examined. The sample consisted of 85 temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder patients, 45 paranasal sinusitis patients, 30 obstructive sleep apnea syndrome patients, 15 implant patients, and 32 others. RESULTS: The overall rate of incidental findings was 92.8%. The highest rate of incidental findings was in the airway area (51.8%), followed by impacted teeth (21.7%), TMJ findings (11.1%), endodontic lesions (4.3%), condensing osteitis (1%), and others (2.9%). The airway incidental findings included mucosal thickening (21.3%), deviation of the nasal septum (12.6%), conchal hypertrophy (11.1%), bullous concha (3.9%), and retention cysts (2.9%). The impacted teeth consisted of third molars (18.8%) and canines (2.9%). The incidental findings for the TMJ patients were erosion of the condyle (4.8%), osteophytes (3.4%), and bifid condyle (2.9%). CONCLUSION: Oral radiologists should be aware of possible incidental findings and should be vigilant about comprehensively evaluating possible underlying diseases.
Fatma Caglayan; Ummuhan Tozoglu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-9-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Diagnostic and interventional radiology (Ankara, Turkey)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1305-3612     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-9-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101241152     Medline TA:  Diagn Interv Radiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Ataturk University Faculty of Dentistry, Erzurum, Turkey.
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