Osteosarcoma arising in Paget's disease of the mandible. Academic Article uri icon


  • Although osteosarcoma is a well-known complication of Paget's disease of bone, it uncommonly develops in the jaw bones. We present an osteosarcoma arising in Paget's disease of the mandible with unique features of a normal serum alkaline phosphatase level, and histologic features of telangiectatic change in the osteosarcoma and association with cemento-osseous dysplasia. Sixteen reported cases of osteosarcoma arising in Paget's disease of the jaw bones (OPJ) are also reviewed and compared to osteosarcoma arising in Paget's disease occurring in the entire skeleton (OPS) and osteosarcoma arising de novo in the jaw bones (OJ). Females are more commonly involved in OPJ in contrast to a male predominance in OPS and OJ. OPJ also has a distinctively higher percentage involving blacks compared to OPS. The prognosis of OPJ is poor, with 69% of patients dying within two years after diagnosis. Early recognition, early and aggressive treatment are important to improve the prognosis and are hence emphasized.

published proceedings

  • Oral Oncol

author list (cited authors)

  • Cheng, Y., Wright, J. M., Walstad, W. R., & Finn, M. D.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Cheng, Yi-Shing Lisa||Wright, John M||Walstad, William R||Finn, Maxwell D

publication date

  • December 2002