Numb Chin Syndrome as a Manifestation of Possible Breast Cancer Metastasis Around Dental Implants

Orhan K., Bayindir H., Aksoy S., Seker B., Berberoglu A., Ozan O.

JOURNAL OF CRANIOFACIAL SURGERY, vol.22, no.3, pp.942-945, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/scs.0b013e31820fe1af
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.942-945
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: No


Numb chin syndrome, sometimes called numb lip syndrome, is an uncommon but well-recognized symptom in medical oncology. It may be a metastatic neurologic manifestation of malignancy, often with no clinically visible pathologic finding. The authors report a numb chin syndrome as a manifestation possible breast cancer metastasis around dental implants in a 69-year-old woman. The patient was presented with complaint of numbness in the lower jaw. Medical anamnesis revealed a metastatic breast carcinoma (CA). Radiographic imaging with conventional panoramic radiography and cone beam computed tomographic examination, revealed a moth-eaten shape, radiolucent, and radiopaque mixed appearance around the dental implants that was related with possible metastasis of the breast cancer. Numb chin syndrome is almost unknown within the dental and oral and maxillofacial community, despite being well reported in the medical literature. General dentists, oral medicine specialists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons must be aware of this condition to consider metastatic cancer in patients with unexplained facial hypoesthesia. Moreover, although the development of metastatic lesions around implants is an uncommon pathologic finding, the examination of peri-implant lesion should be performed carefully considering the entire pathologic situations.