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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-81

Keratinising Squamous cell carcinoma- A rarity

1 Senior Fellow, Indian Institute of Head and Neck Oncology, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Modern Dental Care, Surat, Gujarat, India

Date of Web Publication2-Jan-2017

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DOI: 10.4103/2454-6798.197375

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Keratocystic odontogenic tumor (KCOT) is still a dilemma in the field of medical science because of its biological behavior and transformation of this benign odontogenic tumor to a carcinomatous type, which is called as odontogenic carcinoma. We are presenting here a case of squamous cell carcinoma occurring in recurrent KCOT of temporal region. The rarity of this article is the location of the lesion which is rarest at temporal region. Malignant transformation of these KCOT's has been reported only in 15 cases in literature, the majority occurring in jaws but no case reported for lesion of temporal region. The pathogenesis of the tumor, the biologic progression, overall clinical, and histopathological features of this rare malignancy, and its management is reported and discussed.

Keywords: Keratinizing squamous cell carcinoma; odontogenic carcinoma; temporal region

How to cite this article:
Mohammad A, Wadhwania A. Keratinising Squamous cell carcinoma- A rarity. Asian J Oncol 2016;2:79-81

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Mohammad A, Wadhwania A. Keratinising Squamous cell carcinoma- A rarity. Asian J Oncol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2018 May 21];2:79-81. Available from: http://www.asjo.in/text.asp?2016/2/2/79/197375

  Introduction Top

Keratocystic odontogenic tumor (KCOT) is still a unique pathological entity due to its anatomical and biological behavior since it description by Phillipsen in 1956. [1] Squamous cell carcinoma (SCCA) arising from the wall of KCOT is rare which occurs mainly in jaw bones called as keratinizing squamous cell carcinoma (odontogenic carcinoma) as first described by Loos in 1913. [2],[3] Management of these lesion at rare anatomic location possess a challenge for the surgeon.

  Case Report Top

A 66-year-old female patient reported to our Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery complaining about a slow growing painless swelling in the right side temporal region from past 1 month. Her medical history was noncontributory. According to her previous reports, she had a history of enucleation of KCOT in the right side posterior region with the extraction of 46, 47, and 48, 5 years back. There was a recurrence of multilocular KCOT again 2 years back for which she underwent hemimandibulectomy with disarticulation of the condyle on the right side till 32. She had no history of tobacco or illicit substance use. Maxilla was edentulous and atrophic. On examination, there was a painless swelling measuring about 5 cm × 4 cm, round with well-defined borders in the right temporal region which was fixed to the temporalis muscle. The swelling was nontender, nonfluctuant, and nonpulsatile no palpable local, or regional lymphadenopathy was seen.

Radiological examination included computed tomography brain. There was a hypodense swelling involving soft tissue on the right side temporal region. No involvement of the bone was seen [Figure 1]. On aspiration biopsy, we got a dark yellow straw colored fluid. After a complete clinical, radiological and biopsy examination, provisional diagnosis of recurrent KCOT was made. Wide local surgical excision of the tumor in general anesthesia was performed [Figure 2] and [Figure 3]. The completely resected specimen was sent for histopathological examination, which was suggestive of well-differentiated keratinizing SCCA of the temporal region. In some areas, the lining showed increasing dysplastic change, transforming ultimately into invasive keratinizing SCCA.
Figure 1: Computed tomography brain showing the lesion on right side involving the muscle

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Figure 2: Exposure of the lesion within temporalis muscle with fluid coming out due to accidental puncture of the lesion

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Figure 3: Wide local excision of the lesion along with temporalis muscle with 1.0 cm clear margins

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Postoperative ultrasonography of the abdomen was done which was negative to rule out any primary site of tumor. There was transient facial nerve palsy which has recovered in 3 months. Otherwise, postoperative recovery was uneventful. There was the presence of temporal hollowing but considering the age of the patient it was of minimal facial esthetic concern. The patient was sent for prophylactic radiotherapy. In follow-up of 6 consecutive months, the patient is doing well, and there was no recurrence of lesion or lymphadenopathy seen till present.

  Discussion Top

Van der Wal et al. [4] reported that the presence of keratinization in the cystic lining is a risk factor for malignant changes and Gardner et al. indicated that odontogenic cysts with keratinization are often prone for malignant changes than nonkeratinizing cysts. Eversole et al. [5] in 1975 reported out of 32 cases of central carcinoma, 75% were often associated with a cyst.

In 1975, Gardner [6] proposed certain criteria for the diagnosis of SCCA arising in an odontogenic cyst. They are microscopic transition area from benign cystic epithelial lining to invasive SCCA; there must be no carcinomatous changes in the overlying epithelium and no source of carcinoma in the adjacent structures. A fourth criterion added by Waldron and Mustoe [7] was the possibility that the lesion represents a metastasis from a distant tumor must be ruled out by physical and radiological examination and the subsequent clinical course. Several features of this case support Waldron's criteria. There was no evidence of any primary tumor elsewhere in the body. There were no signs of paresthesia probably because the malignant changes were confined within the cystic lining. Discovery of SCCA arising in this KCOT was unexpected.

Magnetic resonance imaging is an investigation of choice for soft tissue swellings, but since our patient was having a financial crisis, it could not be done. Bone scintigraphy can be done to rule out any metastatic disease. Treatment of choice for these lesions is surgery with wide margins with 1-1.5 cm clearance of unaffected tissue. Intraoperative Frozen section analysis can be done to achieve tumor-free surgical margin if the diagnosis of malignancy is made before the treatment procedure. Addressing of the nodes has to be done if there is local or regional lymph node metastasis with the appropriate type of neck dissection. In this case, since the patient did not have any local or cervical lymphadenopathy; hence, neck dissection was not done. Radiation therapy can be given as an adjuvant as in this case. Bone scintigraphy can be done to rule out any metastatic bone diseases. In general, the prognosis is poor, and metastasis to cervical lymph nodes is observed in up to 50% of cases in a well-established SCCA. Two years survival rate of patients has been reported in 53%. [8]

  Conclusion Top

This article analyzes the origin, clinical and histopathological features, and surgical outcome of a malignant transformation of a KCOT of the temporal region into SCCA. It illustrates the importance of adequate microscopic investigation of all recurrent excised cysts and their appropriate management to improve the prognosis of a patient.

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  References Top

Mendes RA, Carvalho JF, van der Waal I. Characterization and management of the keratocystic odontogenic tumor in relation to its histopathological and biological features. Oral Oncol 2010;46:219-25.  Back to cited text no. 1
Loos D. Central epidermoid carcinoma of the jaws. Dtsch Montatschr Zahnheilkd 1913;31:308.  Back to cited text no. 2
Punnya A, Kumar GS, Rekha K, Vandana R. Primary intraosseous odontogenic carcinoma with osteoid/dentinoid formation. J Oral Pathol Med 2004;33:121-4.  Back to cited text no. 3
van der Wal KG, de Visscher JG, Eggink HF. Squamous cell carcinoma arising in a residual cyst. A case report. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg 1993;22:350-2.  Back to cited text no. 4
Eversole LR, Sabes WR, Rovin S. Aggressive growth and neoplastic potential of odontogenic cysts: With special reference to central epidermoid and mucoepidermoid carcinomas. Cancer 1975;35:270-82.  Back to cited text no. 5
Gardner AF. The odontogenic cyst as a potential carcinoma: A clinicopathologic appraisal. J Am Dent Assoc 1969;78:746-55.  Back to cited text no. 6
Waldron CA, Mustoe TA. Primary intraosseous carcinoma of the mandible with probable origin in an odontogenic cyst. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol 1989;67:716-24.  Back to cited text no. 7
González-García R, Sastre-Pérez J, Nam-Cha SH, Muñoz-Guerra MF, Rodríguez-Campo FJ, Naval-Gías L. Primary intraosseous carcinomas of the jaws arising within an odontogenic cyst, ameloblastoma, and de novo: Report of new cases with reconstruction considerations. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2007;103:e29-33.  Back to cited text no. 8


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