Development of a Stafne mandibular bone cavity. Report of a case

Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol. 1986 May;61(5):519-21. doi: 10.1016/0030-4220(86)90398-1.


The present study reports a case in which a clinically asymptomatic radiolucent change surrounded by a sclerotic wall developed below the second molar in the mandible of a middle-aged man. The change was diagnosed as a typical case of Stafne bone cavity. In the earlier literature, development of a mandibular bone cavity has been described in only three patients. The appearance of bone cavities in a mandible that has previously been found normal indicates that these defects are not congenital but developmental processes.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mandibular Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Mandibular Diseases / pathology*
  • Mandibular Diseases / physiopathology
  • Radiography
  • Time Factors