Adenomatoid odontogenic tumour: Review of the literature and an analysis of 33 cases from South Africa

A. Mohamed*, A. S. Singh, E. J. Raubenheimer, M. M.R. Bouckaert

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The adenomatoid odontogenic tumour (AOT) is a benign lesion of odontogenic origin. It is a slow growing tumour that results in a painless expansion of the jaws. This is a retrospective review of the demographic, clinical and radiographic features of AOTs diagnosed in a black South African population over 20 years. Of the 746 odontogenic tumours diagnosed, 4% were AOTs. The patients' ages ranged from 9 to 37 years with a mean age of 15 years. The highest incidence was in the second decade of life (85%). The female to male ratio was 5.6:1. The maxilla was more commonly affected than the mandible in a ratio of 1.5:1. The sizes of the lesions ranged from 2 to 7 cm, with 60% involving an entire quadrant. All were of the central follicular type and appeared as well-demarcated radiolucent lesions. The canine was the most common impacted tooth. The treatment of choice was enucleation of the lesion, with no recurrences being reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)843-846
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • adenomatoid odontogenic tumour
  • geographic distribution
  • mandible
  • maxilla
  • odontogenic tumour
  • relative frequency


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