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Painful jaw lesion

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All it took to determine the cause of a growing lesion on this patient’s jaw was a look inside of her mouth.


 

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A 48-year-old Chinese woman was referred to our center with a 7-month history of a painful lesion on her left jaw that had been gradually increasing in size. The patient noted occasional purulent and bloody discharge from the lesion. She denied having a toothache.

An examination revealed an erythematous nodule with perilesional puckering superior to the left body of the mandible, measuring 7 × 8 mm, with no discharge or surrounding inflammation (FIGURE 1). There was no cervical lymphadenopathy.

Erythematous nodule ovder patient's left mandible image

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