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New perspectives on radicular cysts: do they heal?


Nair, P N R (1998). New perspectives on radicular cysts: do they heal? International Endodontic Journal, 31(3):155-160.

Abstract

During the past few decades several authors have perpetuated the notion that nearly half of all periapical lesions are radicular cysts. A few studies, based on meticulous serial sectioning of periapical lesions retrieved in toto, have shown that the actual incidence of radicular cyst is only about 15% of all periapical lesions. Equally significant was the discovery in 1980 and recent confirmation that radicular cysts exist in two structurally distinct classes namely, those containing cavities completely enclosed in epithelial lining (periapical true cysts) and those containing epithelium-lined cavities that are open to the root canals (periapical pocket cysts). From a clinical point of view a periapical pocket cyst may heal after conventional root canal therapy whereas an apical true cyst is less likely to be resolved without surgical intervention.

During the past few decades several authors have perpetuated the notion that nearly half of all periapical lesions are radicular cysts. A few studies, based on meticulous serial sectioning of periapical lesions retrieved in toto, have shown that the actual incidence of radicular cyst is only about 15% of all periapical lesions. Equally significant was the discovery in 1980 and recent confirmation that radicular cysts exist in two structurally distinct classes namely, those containing cavities completely enclosed in epithelial lining (periapical true cysts) and those containing epithelium-lined cavities that are open to the root canals (periapical pocket cysts). From a clinical point of view a periapical pocket cyst may heal after conventional root canal therapy whereas an apical true cyst is less likely to be resolved without surgical intervention.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Institute of Oral Biology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:1 May 1998
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:24
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:19
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0143-2885
Publisher DOI:10.1046/j.1365-2591.1998.00146.x
PubMed ID:10321160

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