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Expert: Rare Tumour Growth In Jawline On The Rise

Expert: Rare Tumour Growth In Jawline On The Rise
Dr Osea Dukuno seated left.
August 06
12:28 2018

The Head of School for Oral Health and Dentistry at the Fiji National University re­vealed that ameloblastoma, a tu­mour growth on the lower jaw, is now on the rise in Fiji.

Dr Osea Dukuno said if it’s left un­treated it could result in the remov­al of the whole mandible (lower jaw line) in serious cases. He was giving his presentation at the 2018 Fiji Dental Association (FDA) annual conference at the Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa, Denarau, on Saturday.

He confirmed that the disease had been prevalent here in Fiji over the years and it could only be removed via surgery, where the whole tumour was removed.

“We have a few cases that have been treated here in Fiji over the last three or four years, it is quite interesting because it seems to be on the rise,” Dr Dukuno said.

He said there was a need to have more awareness about the disease.

While symptoms of ameloblasto­ma were pain, swelling in the lower jaw and a disfigured face, in some cases there were no signs of growth or pain on the infected jaw.

Dr Dukuno said oral and dentistry practitioners faced the challenging task in terms of keeping data on the disease.

“Actually, there was no data con­nected and we only had a staff member who came across and dealt with ameloblastoma case.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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