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Painless bilateral swelling of the face: think about cherubism
  1. Claudia Piona1,
  2. Evelina Maines1,
  3. Grazia Morandi1,
  4. Rossella Gaudino1,
  5. Paolo Cavarzere1,
  6. Ugo Consolo2,
  7. Attilio Boner1
  1. 1Department of Life and Reproduction Sciences, Pediatric Clinic, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
  2. 2Department of Surgery, Medicine, Dentistry and Morphological Sciences with Transplant Surgery, Oncology and Regenerative Medicine Relevance, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Claudia Piona, Department of Life and Reproduction Sciences, Pediatric Clinic, University of Verona, Piazzale Ludovico Antonio Scuro, 10, Verona 37134, Italy; claudia.anita.piona{at}

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A 4-year-old Caucasian male child was referred to our padiatric clinic with bilateral facial swelling. When he was 3 years old, he had started to develop an enlargement of the cervical lymph nodes and of the jaw, which gave him a full-faced cherubic appearance (figure 1). Clinical examination revealed swelling of both rami of the mandible with bilateral expansion of the mandibular angle extending to the molar and retromolar regions. Panoramic radiography showed generalised multicystic bilateral radiolucent lytic …

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