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Quintessence Publishing: Journals: OFPH
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)

Publication:
Summer 1993
Volume 7 , Issue 3

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Histometric study of synovial cavity dimensions of human temporomandibular joints with normal and anterior disc position

Luder/Bobst/Schroeder

Pages: 263-274
PMID: 9116626

To evaluate effects of internal derangement, the sagittal lengths of the condylar, temporal, and disc articular surfaces, as well as those of the disc attachments, were measured in histologic sections of human temporomandibular joints obtained at autopsy, mainly from adolescent, young adult, and middle-aged subjects. While the upper joint compartment appeared little affected, anterior disc position was significantly associated with comparatively long inferior disc attachments and a short condylar articular surface, indicative of possibly aberrant insertions of the attachments. Such discrepancies in size or alignment between condyle and disc complex could primarily reflect a constitutional deviation or result secondarily from remodeling.

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