A cyst has been traditionally defined as a pathologic epithelium-lined cavity usually containing fluid or semisolid material (Killey and Kay – 1966). The presently accepted definition is the one coined by Kramer in 1974 as ‘a pathologic cavity having fluid, semisolid or gaseous content and it is frequently, but not always lined by epithelium’.
Cysts of the jaws are often lined by a layer of epithelium and a layer of subjacent connective tissue and these layers can be dissected easily from bone. The thickness and configuration of this lining varies with the type of the cyst. These cysts develop either by the proliferation of epithelial remnants in the jaw or by cystic transformation of neoplastic tissue. Continue reading “Cysts Of Jaws”