Radicular cysts review

Lin, Louis M., Ricucci, Domenico and Kahler, Bill (2017) Radicular cysts review. JSM Dental Surgery, 2 2: 1017.1-1017.3.

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Author Lin, Louis M.
Ricucci, Domenico
Kahler, Bill
Title Radicular cysts review
Journal name JSM Dental Surgery
ISSN 2356-7325
Publication date 2017-03-27
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 1017.1
End page 1017.3
Total pages 3
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Hindawi
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract Radicular cyst is a pathologic cavity partially or completely lined by epithelium in an area of apical periodontitis that is the result of root canal infection of a tooth. The radicular cysts are presumably formed by inflammatory proliferation of epithelial cell rests of Malassez in the inflamed periapical tissues. Although several theories have been proposed as possible causes of cyst formation, the exact mechanism is still not clear. The prevalence of radicular cysts ranges from 15 to 20 % of all endodontic periapical osteolytic lesions. Histologically, radicular cysts can be categorized into pocket and true cyst. The radicular cyst appears as an osteolytic periapical radiolucent lesion around the apex of an endodontically involved tooth on conventional radiography and cone beam computed tomography. It is impossible to diagnose a radicular cyst clinically. The definitive diagnosis of a radicular cyst can only be made through histological examination of biopsy specimens. Therefore, all cyst-like periapical lesions associated with endodontically involved teeth should be initially treated with non-surgical root canal therapy. Because radicular cysts are caused by root canal infection, it is believed that pocket type of radicular cyst can be treated by conventional root canal therapy, however true type of radicular cysts may have to be managed surgically. Recurrence of radicular cysts is rare unless the root canal infection of a tooth persists because radicular cysts are not self sustaining lesion such as developmental or neoplastic cysts. The prognosis of radicular cysts is favorable after endodontic treatment.
Keyword Cyst formation
Inflammatory origin
Non-surgical root canal therapy
Radicular cysts
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