Radiological and clinical features of aneurysmal bone cyst of the jaws

I. Kaffe*, H. Naor, S. Calderon, A. Buchner

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Purpose: To evaluate the clinical and radiological features of aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC) of the jaws. Materials and methods: A total of 64 cases (60 from the English-language literature and four new cases) were studied and critically evaluated with emphasis on the radiological features. Results: Age at time of initial diagnosis ranged from 4-78 years, with a mean age of 21.5 years and median age of 17 years. There were no differences in gender distribution. The ratio between the mandible and maxilla was 2.4:1. Ninety-two per cent of the lesions were located in the posterior region of the jaws. Lesions were radiolucent in 87% of cases, radiopaque in 2% and mixed in 11%. Fifty-three per cent were multilocular, 43% unilocular and 3% not loculated. The border of the lesions was defined but not corticated in 39%, well defined in 33% and diffuse in 28%. conclusion: ABC has a variable radiological appearance and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of any unilocular or multilocular radiolucent lesion of the jaws as well as any mixed radiolucent-radiopaque lesion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-172
Number of pages6
JournalDentomaxillofacial Radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999


  • Aneurysmal bone cyst
  • Jaw cysts
  • Jaw neoplasms
  • Radiography


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