Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 282-285

Odontogenic keratocyst: What is in the name?

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Vyas Dental College and Hospital, Jodhpur, India

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Meghanand T Nayak
Vyas Dental College and Hospital, Jodhpur, Rajasthan - 342 011
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-9668.116968

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The classification of odontogenic cysts is complicated and can create confusion for both clinicians and pathologists. The odontogenic keratocyst (OKC) is an enigmatic developmental cyst that deserves special attention. It has characteristic histopathological and clinical features; but, what makes this cyst special is its aggressive behavior and high recurrence rate. Despite of many classifications and nomenclature, unfortunately the clinicians still have to face difficulties in the management of this commonly found jaw lesion. This article is an effort to provide an overview of various aspects of OKC with emphasis on nomenclature, recurrence, molecular aspects, and management of OKC.

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