Mandible & maxilla

Giant cell lesions & nonepithelial bone cysts

Peripheral giant cell granuloma

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PubMed Search: Peripheral giant cell granuloma [title]

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Also called giant cell epulis
  • Resembles pyogenic granuloma but may erode alveolar bone or involve periodontal membrane
  • Usually women, mean age 30 years, although may involve children or elderly patients without teeth
  • May be due to trauma, local irritation or chronic infection
  • Recurs if not completely excised
  • Excision with curettage of base of lesion extending into adjacent periodontal membrane
Gross description
  • Inflammatory lesion up to 1.5 cm that protrudes from gingiva at site of chronic inflammation
  • Covered by gingival mucosa or ulcerated
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Nonencapsulated aggregates of foreign body giant cells and fibroangiomatous stroma with hemorrhage, hemosiderin, acute and chronic inflammatory cells
  • Alveolar bone often expanded in edentulous patients leading to superficial bone loss with peripheral cuffing
Microscopic (histologic) images

Contributed by Kelly Magliocca, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Peripheral giant cell granuloma

Peripheral giant cell granuloma

Differential diagnosis
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