Diagnosis and treatment of synovial chondromatosis of the TMJ: a clinical case

Valentini, Valentino and Arangio, Paolo and Egidi, Sara and Capriotti, Marco and Vellone, Valentino and Castrechini, Marco and Bosco, Giulio and Cascone, Piero (2013) Diagnosis and treatment of synovial chondromatosis of the TMJ: a clinical case. Annali di stomatologia, 4 (3/4). pp. 269-272. ISSN 1971-1441

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Synovial chondromatosis is a rare, benign, chronic, progressive and proliferative lesion that usually affects large joints. This disease is characterized by the development of cartilaginous nodules within the space of synovial joints, tendon sheaths or cases; the nodules subsequently degrade, detach and form free-floating, calcified bodies within the joint space. In 1933, Axhausen described the first case of synovial chondromatosis affecting the temporomandibular joint. The aetiology still remains unknown, but a history of trauma and inflammation is often found. Clinical symptoms of chondromatosis affecting the TMJ are often characterized by swelling, pain, headache, crepitation, malocclusion and joint dysfunction. The big challenge concerning synovial chondromatosis is to suspect and establish a correct diagnosis. These nonspecific initial signs and symptoms may mimic other nonspecific TMJ’s diseases and can easily lead to a delay in diagnosis or a misdiagnosis. Here we present a case of synovial chondromatosis of the TMJ and the appropriate diagnostic and treatment performed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: temporomandibular joint, chondrocalcinosis, TMJ surgery
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici)
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2015 15:19
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2015 15:19
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/10431

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