[Oradlist] Calcifications questions?! - Cone beam images.

Allan Abuabara allan.abuabara at gmail.com
Sun Sep 14 03:06:34 PDT 2008


Thanks to all the replies. I will investigate the cause and try to post on
the forum.
Best regards.

Allan.

On Sat, Sep 13, 2008 at 10:32 PM, Dania Tamimi <daniatamimi at hotmail.com>wrote:

> This is a long shot, and I agree these look more like phleboliths, but have
> you considered a parasitic infection?
>
> Parasites that are present as calcifications within the soft tissues:
>
> � Cysticerosis (tacnia solium)
> - Invasion of human tissue by the larval form of the pork tapeworm
> - Typically produces multiple linear or oval calcifications
> - usually have non-calcified central area, long axis is in plane of
> surrounding muscle bundle
> - intracranial involvement as well
> � Guinea Worm (Dracunculus medinensis)
> - serpinginous calcifications coiled in soft tissue, can be several feet
> long
> - more common in lower extremities due to life cycle
> - calcification frequently segmented because of muscle movement
> � Loa Loa (Filiaria banerofta)
> - calcified dead worm appears coiled -> thread-like density
> - difficult to visualize -> best seen in web spaces of hands or feet
> � Trichinosis (Trichinella spiralis)
> - calcification of encysted larvae (< 1 mm)
> - difficult to detect radiographically
> � Hydatid disease (Echinococcus)
> - infrequent calcification in cysts
>
>
>
>
>
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>
> Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 21:09:32 -0300
> From: allan.abuabara at gmail.com
> To: oradlist at lists.ucla.edu
> Subject: [Oradlist] Calcifications questions?! - Cone beam images.
>
>
>    Dear Colleagues
>
> I have questions regarding a patient, Caucasian, female, 44 years-old,
> submitted to cone beam tomography for analysis of the maxilla to implant
> planning.
>
> I found an area of calcification in soft tissue. See attached pictures 1-5.
>
> It is located above the ramus of mandible, internally to the zygomatic
> arch, between the condyle and coronoid process. It could be a
> <http://goog_1221261706480/>phlebolite* (*"a small calcareous concretion
> formed in a vein")?
>
> The same patient has calcifications in other places (picture 6) - same
> side. I think that they represent: salivary calculi (sialolith) from
> submandibular gland and paraoral soft tissue calcifications (tonsillolith
> - calcification of tonsilar lynphoid tissue)
>
> I want to know the opinion of you.
>
> Thank you for your reply.
> --
> Allan Abuabara
>
> DDS, Specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology.
> Joinville, SC - Brazil.
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