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Ameloblastic carcinoma occasionally arises from a preexisting ameloblastoma, but most often occurs sporadically. Ameloblasts are a type of cell that are involved in the development of dental enamel. Once this job is done, the cells usually remain inactive. Ameloblastic carcinoma arises when these cells abnormally start dividing and growing. Exactly what stimulates the excessive cell growth is not well understood.
Last updated: 10/19/2011
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