Maxillary osteosarcoma associated with a dental implant - Report of a case and review of the literature regarding implant-related sarcomas JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION McGuff, H. S., Heim-Hall, J., Holsinger, F. C., Jones, A. A., O'Dell, D. S., Hafemeister, A. C. 2008; 139 (8): 1052-1059


The development of malignant neoplasms has been reported as a rare complication of the use of implanted biomaterials. The majority of these cases have been sarcomas related to orthopedic hardware. The authors present the first reported case of a sarcoma arising in association with a dental implant.A 38-year-old woman developed a low-grade chondroblastic osteosarcoma of the right maxilla 11 months after receiving a titanium dental implant. She was treated with systemic chemotherapy and then a maxillary resection. As of this publication, 47 months later, she is alive and disease-free.The use of endosseous implants has been associated with a low risk for the development of cancer. As the use of dental implants continues to expand, dentists need to be aware of this rare but devastating complication.

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