Pigmented odontogenic tumors: Adding color to diagnosis?

*, Udhay Bhanu and Kulkarni, Rasika R and Boaz, Karen and *, Srikant N (2014) Pigmented odontogenic tumors: Adding color to diagnosis? Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, 18 (3). pp. 398-402. ISSN 0973-029X

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Melanocytes are neural crest derivatives that exhibit a ubiquitous presence in the epidermis. They determine the complexion of an individual and most importantly, provide a barrier against ultraviolet radiations from the sun. Their presence in the oral cavity is a consistent fi nding, especially in the gingiva and buccal mucosa of the dark complexioned. Melanocytes occasionally form a part of the histology of a variety of odontogenic cysts and tumors. How these cells make their way into the lesional tissue and the diagnostic relevance of their presence remains elusive. This write up attempts to trace the path melanocytes take to fi nd themselves within odontogenic tumors and also offer possible explanations for the same.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Melanocytes, neural crest cells, odontogenic tumors
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Oral Pathology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2015 06:40
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2015 06:40
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/141969

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