Nasopalatine duct cyst

Case contributed by Dr Katia Kaplan-List


Asymptomatic 50 year-old female.

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Female
Modality: MRI

There is a 0.7 cm low T1 high T2 cystic lesion within the anterior maxilla without enhancement on the postcontrast images consistent with nasopalatine duct cyst.

Case Discussion

The nasopalatine duct cyst is the most frequent nonodontogenic cyst of the maxilla. The cyst originates from epithelial remnants from the nasopalatine duct. They occur in approximately 1% of the population. They may be asymptomatic or present with swelling, pain, and drainage. Treatment options include enucleation or marsupialization.

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Case Information

rID: 42019
Case created: 31st Dec 2015
Last edited: 7th May 2016
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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