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Volume 22 , Issue 3
Summer 2008

Pages 252255


Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis of the Temporomandibular Joint

Piero Cascone, MD, PhD/Fabio Filiaci, MD/Francesco Paparo, MD/Maria Cristina Mustazza, MD


PMID: 18780538

Pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) is a relatively rare disease affecting synovium-lined joints. PVNS was first fully described in 1941 by Jaffe et al, who considered it a benign inflammatory state of the synovium of uncertain etiology. Reports of this disease in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are extremely rare. This report describes a case of a 78-year-old man affected by PVNS of the right TMJ. Clinical examination revealed the presence of a right-sided preauricular mass; a magnetic resonance imaging scan showed a mass located lateral to the right mandibular condyle, close to the TMJ capsule. The clinical and pathologic features of the case are described. J Orofac Pain 2008;22:252255.

Key words: pigmented villonodular synovitis, temporomandibular joint diseases


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