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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 228-232

Spontaneous regeneration of a wide mandibular defect following segmental mandibulectomy for ameloblastoma: A case report and review of the literature

Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria

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Dr. Ekene P Onyebuchi
Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, PMB 06, Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State
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DOI: 10.4103/ais.ais_45_16

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Mandibular defects may be congenital or arise from a number of causes including surgery, infections, and trauma. Sporadic cases of spontaneous regeneration of jaw defects have been reported in the literature, however, the exact mechanism of this occurrence has not been fully understood. Some of the suggested factors that have been advanced for this phenomenon include age, periosteum, and genetics. Further studies are needed to elucidate the molecular basis of this phenomenon. We report a case of spontaneous regeneration of the mandible in a 14-year-old Nigerian boy following segmental mandibulectomy for ameloblastoma.

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