Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry                           
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 230--233

Congenital epulis: A rare benign tumor in the newborn


MB Diniz1, MA Giro Elisa2, CC Zuanon Angela2, CA Costa3, J Hebling2 
1 PhD Student, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry of Araraquara, Univ. Estadual Paulista - UNESP, Araraquara, SP, Brazil
2 Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry of Araraquara, Univ. Estadual Paulista - UNESP, Araraquara, SP, Brazil
3 Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Pathology, School of Dentistry of Araraquara, Univ. Estadual Paulista - UNESP, Araraquara, SP, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
J Hebling
Rua Humaitá, 1680, CEP: 14801-903, Araraquara - São Paulo
Brazil

Congenital epulis (CE) of the newborn is a rare benign soft tissue tumor that presents at birth. It occurs usually as a single mass with various sizes, although some multiple lesions have also been reported. The lesion is more common in female neonates and normally affects the maxillary alveolar ridge. Rare recurrence and no malignant alteration have also been reported. This condition may interfere with respiration, feeding or adequate closure of the mouth. A decisive diagnosis is made by histopathologic analysis as other newborn lesions can be incorrectly diagnosed as CE. This article presents a case report of a female infant who presented a fibrotic mass in the primary lateral incisor and canine region of the maxillary alveolar ridge. The lesion was not causing feeding or respiratory problems. After a watchful waiting procedure and no spontaneous regression, the lesion was excised under local anesthesia and confirmed by histopathologic analysis as CE.


How to cite this article:
Diniz M B, Giro Elisa M A, Zuanon Angela C C, Costa C A, Hebling J. Congenital epulis: A rare benign tumor in the newborn.J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2010;28:230-233


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Diniz M B, Giro Elisa M A, Zuanon Angela C C, Costa C A, Hebling J. Congenital epulis: A rare benign tumor in the newborn. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent [serial online] 2010 [cited 2019 Dec 10 ];28:230-233
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