Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

: 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 2140--2143

”Two third tumor”: A case report and its differential diagnosis

Rakashree Chakraborty1, Sourav Sen2, Kriti Goyal3, Divya Pandya4,  
1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Maharishi Markandeshwar College of Dental Sciences and Research (Deemed to be University), Ambala, Haryana, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Maharishi Markandeshwar College of Dental Sciences and Research (Deemed to be University), Ambala, Haryana, India
3 Department of Periodontics, Maharishi Markandeshwar College of Dental Sciences and Research (Deemed to be University), Ambala, Haryana, India
4 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Kusum Devi Sundarlal Dugar Jain Dental College and Hospital, Cossipore, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sourav Sen
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Maharishi Markandeshwar College of Dental Sciences and Research (Deemed to be University), Mullana, Ambala - 133 207, Haryana


Adenamatoid odontogenic tumor (AOT) is an odontogenic tumor with a prevalence of 2.2–7.1%. AOT is a benign, noninvasive, and progressive lesion which is also known as “a two third tumor.” As the name suggests the tumor occurs in the maxilla in two third of cases. It occurs in young patients in two third of cases and associated with missing or unerupted teeth in two third of cases. Two third cases are associated with the maxillary canine. Characterized by slow growing, gradually enlarging, painless swelling associated with missing teeth. We report a case of a male patient of age 22 years, with characteristic findings. AOT resembles different odontogenic cysts and tumors which may include dentigerous cyst, globulomaxillary cyst, ameloblastoma, and other entities, hence must be well differentiated. Conservative surgical enucleation is the treatment of choice. Recurrence rate for AOT is 0.2%. Prognosis is excellent when completely removed in toto.

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Adenomatoid odontogenic tumor (AOT) is also known as adenoameloblastoma or ameloblastic adenomatoid tumor, originating from the enamel organ epithelium. Predominant site is the maxillary canine region. Predominant in young females, second decade of life and associated with missing tooth.[1] There are three variants of AOT, the follicular type 73%; extrafollicular type 24%, and the peripheral variety 3%.[2] According to World Health Organization, histological typing of odontogenic tumors, jaw cyst, and allied lesions AOT can be defined as a tumor of odontogenic epithelium.[3]

 Case Report

A 22-year-old male patient reported to the dental OPD with a painless swelling in the upper left anterior region of jaw since 6 months [Figure 1]. He gives a history of trauma in the same region 1 year back. The swelling was initially peanut sized and gradually increased to present size of 2 cm by 2.5 cm. The swelling was presently not associated with pain. History of hot fomentation extraorally and balm application intraorally in the same region was reported at the time of injury. Also, history of sensitivity of tooth was reported in the same region to cold beverages since 2 months. On general examination, gait was normal, built was thin, and all the vital signs were within normal limits. On extraoral examination, there was facial asymmetry present. Swelling was present on the left maxillary canine region which was extending anteroposteriorly from the philtrum region to the level of outer canthus of eye and superoinferiorly from the ala-tragus line in the left side of face to the upper lip region. On inspection, size was 3 × 2 cm approximately, shape was roughly oval, surface was smooth, margins were diffuse, and color was same as that of contralateral skin. On palpation, all the inspector findings were confirmed and temperature was afebrile, tenderness was absent, consistency was firm to hard in nature. There was obliteration of the philtrum on the left side. On intraoral examination, there was a single diffuse dome shaped swelling present in the left maxillary canine region, extending anteroposteriorly from mesial aspect of left permanent maxillary canine region to distal aspect of left permanent maxillary second premolar region and superoinferiorly from gingival margin to depth of buccal vestibule. On inspection, size was around 3.5 × 4.2 cm, shape was roughly oval, surface was smooth, margins were diffuse, and color was same as that of the adjacent mucosa [Figure 2]. On palpation, the inspectory findings were confirmed and consistency was soft to firm in nature, tenderness was absent, and fluctuation was present. On examination of the teeth in the vicinity was observed that there were over-retained 62, palatally placed 23, missing 22.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}

Vitality test

Vitality test were performed with gutta-percha point which showed delayed response with 12, 13, and 25 and no response with 21, 62, 23, and 24.

Radiographic features

On intraoral periapical radiograph it shows missing left permanent maxillary lateral incisor and a single radiolucency seen in apical region of 62, size approximately 4 × 3 cm, shape roughly oval, margins well defined [Figure 3].{Figure 3}

Cross-sectional occlusal radiograph shows missing with 22. A single radiolucency was seen extending from 21 to 26 and mediolaterally from midpalatal raphae to the alveolar crest of 24 region causing expansion of the buccal cortical plate. Size approximately 3 × 3 cm, shape roughly round, margins well defined, and corticated. Internal structure is radiolucent with no radiopaque foci. Effect on adjacent structure: displacement with left permanent maxillary central incisor and left deciduous maxillary lateral incisor [Figure 4].{Figure 4}

Orthopantomogram shows missing 22, a single well-defined radiolucency seen in the upper left posterior region extending anteroposteriorly from distal of 21 to distal of 26 and superoinferiorly from level of alveolar crest to the maxillary antrum superiorly, root resorption with 23, 24 and 25. Displacement of teeth with 23, 24, and 25. Loss of cortication seen with the inferior border of left maxillary sinus [Figure 5].{Figure 5}

Waters's view shows haziness seen in the left maxillary sinus [Figure 6].{Figure 6}

Macroscopic Features

The tumor was of size 2.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 cm approximately, shape was oval; surface was rough and irregular, color brownish, and consistency soft to firm [Figure 7].{Figure 7}

Microscopic features

Under 10X view, odontogenic epithelial cells arranged in ductal pattern [Figure 8] presence of odontogenic epithelial cells arranged in rosette pattern [Figure 9] and plexiform pattern was appreciated [Figure 10].{Figure 8}{Figure 9}{Figure 10}


The first report of AOT in history was made by Steensland's (1905), who defined it as epithelioma adamantinum.[4] The present term AOT has been first described by Dreybladt in 1907.[5] The most common site in maxilla in descending order is canine, central, and lateral incisor and the premolars.[1] The most widely accepted clinicotopographic variants include (i) follicular, (ii) extrafollicular, and (iii) peripheral.[6] The follicular type is associated with the crown and often part of the root of an unerupted tooth.[7] The follicular variants are mostly predominant in the maxilla, whereas the extrafollicular variants are seen mostly in the mandible. The peripheral type is located in the gingival mucosa.[8] Benign odontogenic cysts and tumors which need to be differentiated from AOT for proper diagnosis and its management. The most common odontogenic cyst to be differentiated from AOT is dentigerous cyst. Predominant site for dentigerous cyst is the mandibular posterior region and AOT in the maxillary anterior region. A lesion associated with dentigerous cyst arises from the cementoenamel junction which is characteristic. The next entity to be differentiated is keratocystic odontogenic tumor (KCOT) and a unicystic ameloblastoma (UA) in cases when the lesion is located pericoronally. All of these three lesions are mostly seen in the second and third decade of life. But KCOT and UA are more common in the posterior regions of the mandible and AOT in the maxillary anterior region. The calcifying cystic odontogenic tumor (CCOT) mimics an AOT. CCOT and AOT is observed in the anterior region of jaws and is associated with an unerupted tooth and presence of radioopacities and diagnosed in the second decade of life.[9] Permanent canines are the most common unerupted teeth associated with these two entities. Opacities are described as flecks, snow-flakes, and patchy areas of calcification.[8] The extrafollicular variant of AOT is also differentially diagnosed from lateral periodontal cysts located between the roots of erupted teeth in the anterior region of the mandible, diagnosed in old age groups, and AOT in the early age group.[10] A unilocular radiolucency with opacities and tooth displacement in the anterior region are the characteristic radiological features.


AOT can be considered as a differential diagnosis of the swellings in the maxillary anterior region. The other sites are mandible and maxillary premolar region for this lesion but rarity. Conservative surgical enunciation is the treatment of choice as the lesion is a well-encapsulated lesion and can be separated from the bone easily. AOTs are hamartomas due to the innocuous behavior of the lesion; because the tumor stops developing after the tooth structures completes their growth.

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