Synovial sarcoma of the temporomandibular joint area: report of a case

Chin Wan Luo, Chung Ji Liu, Kuo Ming Chang

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Synovial cell sarcoma is a relatively rare tumor of mesenchymal origin. It is a high-grade neoplasm that microscopically shows a monophasic or biphasic cellular pattern and includes epithelial features as well as supporting tissue features. Surgical excision is the primary mode of treatment. Postoperative radiotherapy and chemotherapy also is seen to be helpful. Between 3% and 10% of cases originate in the head and neck. A review of relevant literature shows less than 10 cases of synovial cell sarcoma of the temporomandibular joint area reported in the English literature. We report an additional case of biphasic synovial cell sarcoma arising in the temporomandibular joint area, which caused ear pain, tinnitus, and hearing loss, and we further discuss the clinical features, histopathology, differential diagnosis, and treatment modality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e62-e65
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Surgery


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