Diverse calcification patterns of ameloblastic fibro-odontoma on radiographic examination

Masao Araki, Shunsuke Namaki, Toshihiko Amemiya, Kunihito Matsumoto, Kazuya Honda, Yoshiyuki Yonehara, Naoyuki Matsumoto, Masatake Asano

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The occurrence of ameloblastic fibro-odontoma (AFO) in the oral region is unusual and accounts for 1-3% of all odontogenic tumors. AFO presents mixed radiopaque patterns within the lesion with diverse findings; therefore, it is important to compare this tumor with other odontogenic tumors that radiographically present with calcified bodies. Herein, we observed the calcification patterns within the lesion in seven AFO cases (five males, two females; mean age, 8.3 years; age range, 4-13 years). Periapical and panoramic radiographs were obtained from all seven cases. Five cases underwent conventional computed tomography (CT) scanning, and one underwent cone beam CT. Classification of the calcifications primarily involved the following two characteristics on the X-rays: appearance and location of the lesions. All seven cases were located in the molar regions of the mandible in association with impacted teeth. Thecalcification patterns of these AFOs were mixed or inhomogeneous within the lesion with various findings, including complex odontoma-like calcifications. However, the patterns differed between panoramic radiography and CT in some cases. The radiolucent lesions in AFO demonstrated varying calcification patterns and were associated with impacted teeth on the CT images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-537
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Oral Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


  • Ameloblastic fibro-odontoma
  • Calcification
  • Computed tomography
  • Panoramic radiography


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