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Publication:
Journal of Orofacial Pain

Year 1989
Volume 3 , Issue 1

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Pages: 105 - 111

Synovial Chondromatosis of the Temporomandibular Joint: Report of Two Cases

Zulian/Mosby/Chisum

Two cases of synovial chondromatosis of the temporomandibular joint are reported. This condition is rare but benighn, with only 36 cases reported in the literature to date. Symptoms include tenderness, swelling, and limited range of motion, with deviation to the affected side. Diagnosis is made both from the clinical presentation and histologic examination. The etiology is thought to be cartilaginous foci within the synovial membrane that become detached and proliferate in the synovium as chondrocytes. Treatment includes removal of the loose bodies and possible resection of the synovial membrane, condyle, and disk.

 

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