A prospective epidemiological study on odontogenic tumours in a black African population, with emphasis on the relative frequency of ameloblastoma

F. O. Oginni*, P. J. W. Stoelinga, S. A. Ajike, O. N. Obuekwe, B. A. Lu Ko Olokun, R. A. Adebola, W. L. Adeyemo, O. Fasola, O. A. Adesina, B. O. Akinbami, I. O. Iwegbu, S. A. Ogunmuyiwa, O. S. Obimakinde, C. C. Uguru

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The persistent view in the literature is that the relative frequency of ameloblastomas is higher in the black population than in Caucasians. The aim of this study was to determine the relative frequency of all odontogenic tumours (OT) in a 100% black population and to compare our findings with those of previous studies. A prospective study was undertaken of all patients presenting with OT to all 16 Nigerian departments of oral and maxillofacial surgery over a 4-year period. The following data were obtained: patient demographics, delay to presentation, extent of the lesion, and histological diagnosis. Six hundred and twenty-two cases were studied. A slight male preponderance was observed (male to female ratio 1.17:1). Patients ranged in age from 5 to 89 years, with a peak incidence in the third decade. The relative frequency of OT was 0.99 per million and that of ameloblastoma was 0.76 per million. Ameloblastoma was the most prevalent OT (76.5%), followed by adenomatoid odontogenic tumours (5.6%), odontogenic myxoma (4.5%), and keratocystic odontogenic tumours (KCOT) (3.1%). The relative frequency of ameloblastoma among Nigerians was not different from frequencies reported previously among Caucasian and Tanzanian black populations. KCOTs were, however, rarely diagnosed in Nigerians as compared to the white population in the Western world. International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1099-1105
JournalInternational Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015


  • odontogenic tumours
  • ameloblastoma
  • odontogenic myxoma
  • adenomatoid odontogenic tumour
  • keratocystic odontogenic tumour

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