periapical granuloma

periapical granuloma
a slowly expanding, spherical, granulomatous lesion adjacent to the root apex of a tooth, usually occurring as a complication of pulpitis. It consists of a proliferating mass of chronic inflammatory tissue enclosed within a fibrous capsule that is an extension of the periodontal ligament. Called also apical g., dental g., and chronic apical periodontitis.

Periapical granulomas associated with nonvital teeth.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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