Keratocystic odontic tumour

Keratocystic odontogenic tumours (KCOT or KOT), previously known as odontogenic keratocysts, are benign cystic neoplasms involving the mandible or maxilla and believed to arise from dental lamina. They are locally aggressive and tend to recur after excision. 

On imaging, they typically appear as an expansile solitary unilocular lesion extending longitudinally in the posterior portions of the mandible.  Although the majority are solitary, in 5-10% of cases multiple KOTs will be present: an associated condition such as basal cell naevus syndrome should be considered in these cases.

Present in younger patients (2nd-3rd decades) 1,7 and may be seen in either the body or ramus of the mandible (~70% of all keratocystic odontic tumours), or maxilla. There may be male predilection.

Commonly discovered incidentally. When symptomatic, jaw swelling and pain are a common clinical presentation of those tumours 8

They originate from epithelial cell rests (stratified squamous keratinizing epithelium) found along the dental lamina and periodontal margin of the alveolus of the mandible 7.

Associations
Panoramic radiograph / OPG

Typically seen as a solitary, lucent, unilocular lesion with smooth, corticated borders 5. When in the mandible, they typically grow along the length of the bone in anteroposterior dimension. In the maxilla, they expand into the maxillary sinus (as in Case 2).

They can be associated with a crown of a unerupted/impacted tooth, mimicking a dentigerous cyst. Keratocystic odontic tumours can result in splaying and sometimes erosion of the adjacent roots. Keratocystic odontic tumours may occasionally appear septated, making the distinction from ameloblastoma difficult. 

MRI

Keratocystic odontic tumours will typically demonstrate 3:

  • T1: high signal due to cholesterol and keratin contents
  • T2: heterogeneous signal
  • DWI: restricts due to presence of keratin
  • T1 C+: peripheral enhancement but unlike ameloblastomas no enhancing nodular component

They are locally aggressive. Treatment is often with enucleation/excision +/-aggressive curettage. However, they can have a very high recurrence rate (30-60%)

Imaging differential considerations include:


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Article Information

rID: 1762
System: Head & Neck
Section: Pathology
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Odontogenic keratocyst (OKC)
  • OKC
  • Keratocystic odentogenic tumour (KCOT)
  • Odontogenic keratocyst
  • Keratocystic odentogenic tumor
  • Keratocystic odentogenic tumors
  • Keratocystic odontic tumours (KCOT)

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