STATED succinctly, cartilaginous neoplasms of the maxilla are uncommon, chondrosarcoma is rare, and an extraosseous chondrosarcoma in this location is apparently unique.
Report of a Case
A 37-year-old white man was admitted to the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital on Jan 17, 1967. He had been in satisfactory health until three months prior to admission when he noted the presence of a painless gingival swelling along the lingual aspect of the posterior maxillary ridge adjacent to the second molar tooth. Gradual asymptomatic enlargement occurred and two weeks prior to admission extraction of the second molar tooth and biopsy of the lesion were done; a diagnosis of chondrosarcoma was rendered. Roentgenologic examination disclosed no abnormalities of the bony maxilla.Physical examination revealed an elevated, ovoid, firm, nontender mass, 1 cm in diameter, on the lingual aspect of the left maxillary alveolus adjacent to the socket of the recently extracted tooth. The tumor