Maxillary tori

Case contributed by Sara Lami
Diagnosis certain


Adenocarcinoma of the lung with accidental maxillary tori finding.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Female

Maxillary torus is present which is a benign entity.

An incidental note of focal calcification in the subcutaneous tissue of the external nose.

The oral and nasal cavities are normal in configuration. No mass lesion or significant cervical lymphadenopathy is identified. The oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypopharynx are unremarkable. No laryngeal abnormality identified. The vocal cords are symmetric. The parotid, submandibular, and thyroid glands are normal in appearance. The trachea is midline. Limited pleural densities are identified. No carotid or jugular abnormality noted. The osseous skull base and cervical spine are unremarkable.

Case Discussion

Maxillary tori is a benign exostosis and it originates on the inner surface, and mostly bilaterally.

Idiopathic calcinosis cutis is most commonly seen on the hands and feet, scalp, around the joints, and scrotum. It may more rarely be found elsewhere, e.g. the external nose.

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