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Maxillary Swelling in an Infant

CASE CHALLENGE NUMBER: 18

James C. Burns, DDS, MS, PhD

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The following Case Challenge is provided in conjunction with the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.


This case challenge presents a two-month old infant demonstrating upper lip asymmetry.


An asymptomatic swelling was noted in the area of the left anterior maxilla of this two-month old infant by the child’s parents. The swelling apparently was of rapid onset since the pediatrician at the one-month well baby check-up did not note it. The swelling caused an elevation of the left alae of the nose and slight facial asymmetry of the upper lip.


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Case Author(s)

James C. Burns

James C. Burns

DDS, MS, PhD

Dr. Burns is a Professor and the Chair, of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry in Richmond, VA.


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