HomePhilippine Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeryvol. 27 no. 2 (2012)

Giant Cell Tumor of the Maxilla

Somnath Saha | Sharmila Sen | Padmini V. Saha



Objective: To present a rare case of maxillary swelling; its investigation and management.
Design: Case Report
Setting: Tertiary Government Teaching Hospital
Patient: One
Results: A 45-year-old female presented with a right maxillary swelling of six months duration. Radiological investigation revealed a radiolucent lesion arising from the inferior aspect of the right maxilla with no areas of calcification. Incisional biopsy report was consistent with giant cell tumor. The mass was excised via a Weber Ferguson incision under general anesthesia.

Conclusion: Though rare, giant cell tumor should be considered as one of the differential diagnosis in cases of maxillary swelling. Adequate surgical excision with long-term follow-up should be the treatment of choice for managing a giant cell lesion of the maxilla.