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      Metastasis to the oral soft tissues: A review of 412 cases


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          The present review article analyzes the characteristics of metastases to the oral soft tissues from 1937 to 2015. An extensive literature search was performed. All variables such as age, gender, and primary and secondary tumor sites were analyzed. Metastases to the major salivary glands were not included in this review. In general, there were 412 metastatic lesions developed in the oral soft tissues. The male-to-female ratio was approximately 1.8:1. The mean age of the patients at diagnosis was 58. The lung was the most common primary site and the gingiva was the most common metastatic site. The greater part of the histological examination yielded adenocarcinoma. The diagnosis of a metastatic lesion in the oral cavity is a challenge to the clinicians due to the lack of pathognomonic signs and symptoms. Oral metastases usually occur in the advanced stages of cancers, and the interval between appearance and death is usually short. The oral soft tissue metastasis can be easily recognized compared to the metastasis of jawbones. Early detection of oral lesions is important in the case of being the first sign of a malignancy in other parts of body.

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              Metastatic tumors to the jawbones: analysis of 390 cases.

              A review of the English language literature revealed 390 well-documented cases of metastatic lesions to the jawbones. Most metastatic lesions were diagnosed in patients in their fifth to seventh decade. The primary site differed between the genders: for women, it was the breast followed by the adrenal, colo-rectum, female genital organs and thyroid; for men, it was the lung, followed by the prostate, kidney, bone and adrenal. The most common location of the metastatic tumors was the mandible, with the molar area the most frequent site involved. In about 30% of cases the oral lesion was the first sign of the malignant disease. The present data are compared with those of metastatic tumors to the oral mucosa and a view on the possible pathogenesis is presented.

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                J Int Soc Prev Community Dent
                J Int Soc Prev Community Dent
                Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
                Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd (India )
                Sep-Oct 2016
                24 October 2016
                : 6
                : 5
                : 393-401
                [1]Dental Research Center, Department of Oral Pathology, Dental Faculty, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
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                Corresponding author (email: < sousanirani@ 123456gmail.com >) Dr. Soussan Irani, Dental Faculty, Shahid Fahmideh Street, Hamadan, Iran.
                Copyright: © 2016 Journal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry

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                : 16 May 2016
                : 22 July 2016
                Review Article

                metastasis,mouth,soft tissue
                metastasis, mouth, soft tissue


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