Metastatic tumor of jaws
is the most common form of cancer involving bone. It affects the mandible
in 61% of cases, the maxilla
in 24% of cases, and soft tissue in 16% of cases. In the majority of cases, the tumor originated in the breast, lung
, or prostate
. The original tumor usually spreads to the jaws through Batson's paravertebral plexus
. Teeth can become mobile and paresthesia can occur. On radiographs
, the periodontal ligaments
appear widened, and the cancer has a moth-eaten appearance.
- Kahn, Michael A. Basic Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Volume 1. 2001.