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Botryoid cyst, a rare type of odontogenic cyst.

SUMMARY--Botryoid cyst, a rare type of odontogenic cyst, is usually considered a multilocular variant of lateral periodontal cyst. It was first described in 1973, and up to the present less than a hundred cases have been reported in the literature. Botryoid cysts are characterized by a multilocular histologic finding and a higher risk of recurrence than lateral periodontal cysts. In this article, we present a case of botryoid cyst from our clinical practice, accompanied by literature review of previous cases reported in the literature so far. Study results showed that botryoid cysts mostly affected population in their fifties, with a slight female (53.5%) predominance over males (46.5%).The mandible was the most frequently affected region, accounting for 70 (83.3%) cases. Maxilla was only sporadically affected accounting for 14 (16.7%) cases. Radiographic appearance of botryoid cysts can be multilocular or unilocular. It is concluded that the recurrence rate is relatively high (30.1%), therefore long term follow up is needed.

Key words: Odontogenic cysts--diagnosis; Odontogenic cysts--pathology; Diagnosis, differential; Mandibular diseases--diagnosis; Mandibular diseases--pathology; Case reports


Botryoid odontogenic cyst (BOC) was first described in 1973 by Weathers and Waldron and it is usually described in the literature as a multicystic variant of lateral periodontal cyst (LPC) (1). On the other hand, other authors such as Van der Waal considered BOC as a different clinical entity in relation to LPC, and suggested that BOC was a multicystic lesion with increased growth potential with similar histologic features to LPC (2). The etiology and histogenesis of BOC remains uncertain, and several proposed possible sources such as epithelial cell rests of Malassez and reduced enamel epithelium have been rejected as the possible sources (3). Remnants of dental lamina could be the basis from which BOC arises because of histologic similarities between dental lamina and the cyst wall, which is characterized by the presence of glycogen rich clear cells that are found both in dental lamina and in the cyst wall (4). The name BOC is derived from the Greek word botrys, which means a cluster of grapes because of its multilocular histologic appearance (5). In comparison to LPC, BOC tends to be larger in size than LPC, probably due to the increased growth potential. Radiological finding is somewhat different ranging from unilocular to multilocular appearance. The major difference between the two entities is a much higher rate of recurrence in BOC. However, the reasons of the higher recurrence rate are still unknown (3,6,7). According to the literature, BOCs are often characterized by the absence of symptoms, and in cases when the symptoms are present they are nonspecific and accompanied by the same nonspecific clinical appearance. BOC usually affects adults in their fifties and older, although cases of BOC are also noted in younger population (2,8,9). LPC and BOC are rather uncommon. LPCs were described in 1958 (10). Since then, more than 270 cases have been documented, and it is assumed that LPCs account for 0.8% of all jaw cysts (11-14). BOCs are even more uncommon and in the past four decades, since 1973, when the first case of BOC was described, less than one hundred cases of this rare type of odontogenic cyst have been reported in the literature. In this article, we describe our case of BOC and a review of 87 cases of BOC reported in the literature since the first case up to the present.


Case Report

In May 2013, a 44-year-old man was referred to the Department of Oral Surgery, Clinical Department of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery because of occasional pain in the left lower jaw, which was mainly present during mastication. Clinical examination and palpation revealed mobility of the first and second left lower molars, with minor swelling in the lower left buccal vestibule. Panoramic radiograph was performed to show a well delimited unilocular radiolucency located in the left body of the mandible, extending distally from the tooth 35 to the ramus of the mandible (Fig. 1). Surgical removal of the cyst was offered to the patient. After obtaining his informed consent, under general anesthesia, mucoperiosteal incision was performed; movable teeth 36, 37 and impacted tooth 38 were removed. The cyst was enucleated with some difficulty, especially in the lower part along the alveolar nerve. The continuity of the alveolar nerve was preserved. Surgically removed specimens were sent for histologic analysis which revealed a cystic lesion traversed by fibrous septa. Microscopically, cystic spaces were composed of connective fibrous tissue devoid of inflammatory infiltrate and covered by a thin layer of odontogenic epithelium (Fig. 2). Subepithelial fibrous tissue revealed a zone of hyalinization (Fig. 3). Definitive diagnosis was BOC. Panoramic radiographs were performed 3 months (Fig. 4) and 1 year (Fig. 5) after surgery showing a normal postoperative finding. One year after the surgery, the alveolar nerve function was normal.






Botryoid odontogenic cyst is an unusual and rare type of odontogenic cyst. Analysis of 88 BOC cases showed that patient age ranged from 20 to 80, mean age 50.2 years (Table 1). According to data on the reviewed cases available, 46 (53.5%) BOC cases occurred in female patients and 40 (46.5%) BOC cases in male patients; the fractional female predisposition was in accordance with previous studies (15). The mandible was most frequently affected by BOC, accounting for 70 (83.3%) cases, whereas maxilla was only sporadically affected with 14 (16.7%) cases, and 4 non specified cases. According to the literature, histologic features of BOC are multilocular histologic appearance, presence of microcysts, and thin squamous epithelium with focal plaque-like thickenings, subepithelial hyalinization, and clear cells. Histologic patterns of BOC and LPC are similar yet still presenting a controversial topic. Multilocular histologic appearance distinguishes BOC from LPC. In addition, BOCs are generally larger than LPC and because of that it can be assumed that these distinctive features of BOC add to its more expansive character, making surgical removal more difficult (6,16-19). From our experience of the relatively large BOC, we can confirm that enucleation of BOC was rather difficult. In the literature, BOCs are reported as a type of odontogenic cyst with a relatively high recurrence rate. Mendez et al. report on the BOC recurrence rate of 32.4% (14). In our analysis, follow up was reported in 53 cases of all analyzed cases, whereas recurrences were reported in 16 (30.1%) cases, yielding a slightly lower rate than that reported by Mendez et al., but still relatively high. The relatively high recurrence rate may be due to the multilocular histologic pattern, which contributes to enucleation difficulty, and the possibly greater BOC growth potential in comparison with LPC.

In this study, radiographic data were available for 64 cases. There was a slight predominance of unilocular radiolucencies since unilocular radiolucencies were noted in 33 (51.6%) cases and multilocular radiolucencies in 31 (48.4%) cases.

Differential diagnosis of radiolucencies within the jaws can include many different conditions. Most common are various types of odontogenic cysts such as radicular and follicular cysts. In the analysis of mandibular radiolucencies, clinical entities such as ameloblastoma and keratocystic odontogenic tumor must be considered since they are usually found in lower jaw, especially in the posterior part of the mandible. Central giant cell granuloma can also occur in the mandible, usually in the anterior portions of the mandible, but cases of central giant cell granuloma have also been described in the posterior portions of the mandible. Other clinical entities such as ameloblastic fibroma, odontogenic myxoma, intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma and central odontogenic fibroma must be considered although they occur less frequently (20). While clinical and radiological findings are nonspecific, biopsy and histopathologic analysis are needed to reach definitive diagnosis (6).


It is concluded that BOCs are a rare type of odontogenic cyst that are usually described in the literature as a multicystic variant of LPC. Radiographic appearance is nonspecific and can be multilocular or unilocular; therefore, histopathologic verification is necessary. In comparison to maxilla, mandible is predominantly affected with 83.3% of cases. According to our results, the recurrence rate is relatively high (30.1%), thus necessitating long term follow up.


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B. Vidakovic, I. Uljanic, J. Grgurevic, B. Peric i S. Manojlovic

Botrioidna cista je rijedak tip odontogene ciste koja se uobicajeno smatra multilokularnom varijantom lateralne periodontne ciste. Prvi put je opisana 1973. godine, a do danas je u literaturi opisano manje od sto slucajeva. Botrioidne ciste su obiljezene multilokularnim histoloskim nalazom i vecom ucestaloscu recidiva u odnosu na lateralne periodontne ciste. U ovom clanku prikazujemo slucaj iz nase klinicke prakse. Rad je popracen pregledom literature prethodnih slucajeva dosad opisanih u literaturi. Rezultati su pokazali da botrioidne ciste uglavnom zahvacaju populaciju u pedesetim godinama zivota, s malo vecom ucestaloscu kod zena (53,5%) u odnosu na muskarce (46,5%). Donja celjust je najcesce zahvacena regija sa 70 (83,3%) slucajeva. Gornja celjust je povremeno zahvacena s ucestaloscu od 14 (16,7%) slucajeva. Radiografski prikaz botrioidne ciste moze biti multilokularan ili unilokularan. Zakljucno moze se utvrditi da je ucestalost recidiva velika (30,1%) pa je potrebno dugotrajno pracenje.

Kljucne rijeci: Odontogene ciste--dijagnostika; Odontogene ciste--patologija; Dijagnostika, diferencijalna; Mandibularne bolesti --dijagnostika; Mandibularne bolesti--patologija; Prikazi slucaja

Bruno Vidakovic (1), Ivana Uljanic (2), Jaksa Grgurevic (2), Berislav Peric (2) and Spomenka Manojlovic (3)

(1) Dr. Josip Bencevic General Hospital, Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, Slavonski Brod;

(2) University of Zagreb, School of Dental Medicine, Department of Oral Surgery; (3) University of Zagreb, School of Medicine, Department of Clinical and Experimental Pathology, Zagreb, Croatia

Correspondence to: Bruno Vidakovic, DMD, PhD, Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Josip Bencevic General Hospital, Andrije Stampara 42, HR-35000 Slavonski Brod, Croatia


Received December 23,2014, accepted June 2,2015
Table 1. Literature review of 87 botryoid odontogenic cyst cases

Authors/year           Sex    Median     Number    Localization
                       (M/F)  age (yrs)  of cases

Lynch and Madden/1985  F      36          1        Premolar/N/A
Barone et al/./1990    N/A    N/A         2        N/A
Van der Waal/1992      F      23          1        Mandible
Falcone et al./1995    F      55          1        Mandible
Weibrich et al./2000   M      64          1        Mandible
Chi et al./2007        F      80          1        Mandible
Mendez et aI./2007     34 F   53.8       62        52 mandible
                       28 M                         9 maxilla
Chbicheb et al/./2008  F      23          1        Maxilla
Hethcox et al./2010    M      60          1        Maxilla
Nam et al/./2010       M      67          1        Mandible
de Andrade Santos      3F     59.8       10         2 maxilla
et al./2010            7M                           8 mandible
Farina et al./2010     F      64          1        Mandible
Mori et al/2011        F      59          1        Mandible
Cohen et al./2011      F      45          1        Mandible
Selvamani et al./2012  M      N/A         1        Maxilla
Arora et al./2012      F      20          1        Mandible
Present case           M      44          1        Mandible
Total                  46 F   50.24      88        70 mandible
                       40 M                        14 maxilla
                        2 N/A                       4 N/A

Authors/year           Radiographic     Follow up  Recurrence

Lynch and Madden/1985  N/A              N/A        N/A
Barone et al/./1990    N/A              N/A        N/A
Van der Waal/1992      N/A              N/A        N/A
Falcone et al./1995    N/A              N/A        N/A
Weibrich et al./2000   Multilocular     N/A        N/A
Chi et al./2007        Multilocular     N/A        N/A
Mendez et aI./2007     18 Multilocular  37 yes     12 yes
                       27 unilocular    25 no      25 no
                       17 N/A                      25 N/A
Chbicheb et al/./2008  Multilocular     Yes        No
Hethcox et al./2010    Unilocular       Yes        No
Nam et al/./2010       Multilocular     Yes        No
de Andrade Santos       3 unilocular    Yes         4 yes
et al./2010             6 multilocular              6 no
Farina et al./2010     Multilocular     Yes        No
Mori et al/2011        Multilocular     N/A        N/A
Cohen et al./2011      Multilocular     N/A        N/A
Selvamani et al./2012  N/A              N/A        N/A
Arora et al./2012      Unilocular       Yes        No
Present case           Unilocular       Yes        No
Total                  31 multilocular  53 yes     16 yes
                       33 unilocular    25 no      37 no
                       24 N/A           10 N/A     35 N/A

M = male; F= female; N/A = not available
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