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A case report has been presented to emphasize the importance of follow-up examinations. A 14-year-old girl was operated on for removal of a dentigerous cyst of the mandible. The postoperative healing was rapid and satisfactory until a small radiolucent area appeared in the alveolus. This area was enucleated 21 months after the first operation, and the lesion was found to be an ameloblastoma. There was no further evidence of tumor over the following 9 years.
In view of the excellent immediate postoperative course, this young patient could easily have been discharged as cured after a few months. A long-term follow-up seemed advisable, however, and after nearly 2 years a tumor was found in the original surgical site.
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