Hemangiopericytoma of the Gingiva – A Case Report
Keywords:pericytes, hemangiopericytoma, staghorn pattern.
Hemangiopericytoma (HPC) is a very rare tumor with uncertain malignant potential. It is a soft tissue
tumor which originates from the pericytes in the walls of the blood capillaries. Both benign and malignant
varieties are present with the tendency to metastasize. It was first described by Stout and Murray in 1942.
The incidence of occurrence in oral cavity is very rare. We report a case of 57 year old male, who presented
with an exophytic overgrowth from the lingual aspect of the maxillary left gingiva which extended into the
palatal area. The tumor was completely removed with wide surgical excision. The histopathological study
of the tumor suggested the HPC.
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