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Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache

Edited by Barry J. Sessle, BDS, MDS, BSc, PhD, FRSC

Official Journal of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain,
the European, Asian, and Ibero-Latin Academies of Craniomandibular
Disorders, and the Australian Academy of Orofacial Pain

ISSN 2333-0384 (print) • ISSN 2333-0376 (online)

Winter 1993
Volume 7 , Issue 1

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Clinical follow-up of patients with different disc position


Pages: 61-67
PMID: 8467298

A clinical follow-up of 45 previously symptomatic patients with arthrographically diagnosed TMJ disc positions was performed at least 1 year (average, 4 years 4 months) after treatment. The patients were divided into three groups according to disc position: (1) superior disc position, n = 5; (2) anterior disc displacement with reduction, n = 17; and (3) anterior disc displacement without reduction, n = 23. Ninety-two percent of the patient were treated conservatively. Seventy percent of the patients reported being symptom-free or improved. The frequency of joint clicking did not change considerably, but the amount of crepitating sounds increased markedly. No difference was found regarding treatment outcome between the anterior disc displacement groups with and without reduction.

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