A 55-year-old female presents with an asymptomatic well defined unilocular lucency 13 mm in diameter. It is partly corticated and there are no signs of an ill defined or “moth eaten” periphery typical of malignancy.

Stafne pan Stafne cross sectionsThe lucency extends from below the inferior alveolar nerve canal indicating it is not of dental origin.

This is likely a benign Stafe Bone cyst. The name is misleading as this is not a true cyst but most likely a region of salivary gland tissue.

Sometimes it can contain vascular tissue and fat.

A follow-up panoramic in 12 months can be made to confirm lack of change and no further treatment is needed.

-By Dr. Douglas Benn


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