Congenital Epulis of the newborn in Bayelsa State, South-South Nigeria and the decision for 'watchful waiting': A case report.

Davids KI1*, Mariere UI1, Daramola SA2
1Department of Community Medicine & Public Health, Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
2Department of Dentistry, Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
*Correspondence: Dr. Davids Kellybest Ibasimama; 08063263545; kelbestdav@yahoo.com

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Abstract

Introduction: Congenital Epulis of the Newborn is rare non-neoplastic tumour which has a female predilection. Its ae ology is unknown.
Case Presentation: We report a maxillary alveolar ridge variety of this tumour in a two-week old female neonate whose case is the first documented in Bayelsa state, South-South Nigeria. A discretionary decision to adopt ‘watchful waiting’ in its management was taken.
Conclusion: Congenital Epulis of the new-born is still common among females and depending on its size may interfere with feeding. There is risk of recurrence of incompletely excised tumour and a possibility of regression with small sized tumours. Monitoring of tumour size should be done.

Keywords: Congenital Epulis, Non-neoplastic, Watchful waiting, Regression.

Cite this article: Davids KI, Mariere UI, Daramola SA. Congenital Epulis of the newborn in Bayelsa State, South-South Nigeria and the decision for ‘watchful waiting’: A case report. Yen Med J. 2019;1(1):52-55.

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