Epidemiological analysis on 2375 patients with TMJ disorders: basic statistical aspects

Di Paolo, Carlo and Costanzo, G. Damiana and Panti, Fabrizio and Rampello, Alessandro and Falisi, Giovanni and Pilloni, Andrea and Cascone, Piero and Iannetti, Giorgio (2013) Epidemiological analysis on 2375 patients with TMJ disorders: basic statistical aspects. Annali di stomatologia, 4 (1). pp. 161-169. ISSN 1971-1441

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The aim of this work was to present data from a large sample of patients with Temporo-Mandibular Disorders(TMD) in order to clarify some aspects of the development of pathological conditions that affect large parts ofthe population. This preliminary work put in relation, through an epidemiological evaluation, an amnestic and clinical datacollected from a sample of 2375 patients affected by TMD. Personal data were provided by questionnaire (age, sex, status, etc.), while clinical data were collected following a specific medical chart compiled in accordance with international criteria for TMD. An analysis of these data clearly showed that there were large quantities of variables involved in these disorders and which occur with a wide variety possible of clinical signs. This complexity, in accordance with the current knowledge that it is not able to clarify the etiology of these disorders, makes intricate both diagnostic then therapeutic aspects. You would find in front of a multi-factorial systemic disease that, interfering with the individual bioavailability, exposes him to the possibility of perceiving noxious stimuli which other wise would not able to reach the pain threshold. To support this hypothesis is the data founded in this report that showed how many patients suffered, at the same time, by muscle and spinal pain associated to headache, pain that occur with high frequency from the same side. The presence of these painful conditions tends to underes-timate the dysfunctional problems even if they occur with greater clinical prevalence. Further research should be carried out to clarify these controversial issues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Temporo-mandibular disorders, statisticalanalysis, epidemiology
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 617 Rami vari della medicina; Chirurgia > 617.5 Medicina regionale; Chirurgia regionale
Depositing User: Chiara D'Arpa
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2013 15:01
Last Modified: 16 May 2013 11:05
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/5092

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