Mandible & maxilla

Giant cell lesions & nonepithelial bone cysts

Simple bone cyst

Last author update: 1 November 2013
Last staff update: 10 November 2020

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PubMed Search: Simple bone cyst [title] jaw

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Young patients
  • 50% have history of trauma
  • May be jaw counterpart of solitary bone cyst
Radiology description
  • Sharply outlined radiolucent mass with thin shell of remaining bone
  • Thorough curettage
  • Rarely recurs
Gross description
  • Body or symphyseal area of mandible, large, intraosseous lesion
  • Usually solitary
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Lined by fibrovascular tissue, no epithelial lining
  • Occasional hemosiderin laden macrophages and osteoclast-like giant cells
Microscopic (histologic) images

Contributed by Kelly Magliocca, D.D.S., M.P.H.
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Simple bone cyst

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