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Bilateral osteoporotic bone marrow defects of the mandible: a case report

Diego Mauricio Bravo-Calderón1, Denise Tostes Oliveira2* and Wagner Humberto Martins dos Santos3

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Stomatology, Area of Pathology, Bauru School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo, Alameda Octávio Pinheiro Brisolla, 9–75, Bauru, 17012-901, SP, Brazil

2 Private Practice, Rua Almirante Barroso, 1433, Ji-Paraná, 76900-079, RO, Brazil

3 Bauru School of Dentistry, Department of Stomatology, Area of Pathology, Alameda Octávio Pinheiro Brisolla, 9–75 CEP 17012–901, Bauru, São Paulo, Brazil

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Head & Face Medicine 2012, 8:22  doi:10.1186/1746-160X-8-22

Published: 8 August 2012


Osteoporotic bone marrow defect of the jaws has been reported as a poorly demarcated radiolucency that affect mainly posterior mandible of middle-aged woman. The incidence of this condition is not exactly established and its pathogenesis remains unknown. An additional unusual case of osteoporotic bone marrow defects occurring bilaterally in the mandibular edentulous regions of a 32-year-old white woman is presented reinforcing its diagnostic criteria and histopathological findings.

Mandible; Bone marrow pathology; Radiography