Comparison of arthrographic findings of the temporomandibular joint with palpation of the muscles of mastication

Christopher A. Roberts, Ross H. Tallents, Richard W Katzberg, Roberto E. Sanchez-Woodworth, Mark A. Espeland, Stanley L. Handelman

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Abstract

Two hundred five patients were examined for temporomandibular joint pain and dysfunction and specifically for tenderness to muscle palpation. Arthrograms were performed on 222 joints (188 unilateral and 17 bilateral). Significant findings were ascertained for the middle portion of the temporal muscle in "normal" patients versus "with and without meniscus reduction" patients. The superficial masseter muscle was more tender in "normal" patients and in "reducing meniscus" patients than in "without meniscus reduction" patients. The medial pterygoid muscle was more tender in "normal" patients and in "without meniscus reduction" patients than in "reducing meniscus" patients. Though there are some significant findings with respect to muscle palpation, by itself muscle palpation is not a specific indicator of temporomandibular joint internal derangement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-277
Number of pages3
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology
Volume64
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Dentistry(all)

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    Roberts, C. A., Tallents, R. H., Katzberg, R. W., Sanchez-Woodworth, R. E., Espeland, M. A., & Handelman, S. L. (1987). Comparison of arthrographic findings of the temporomandibular joint with palpation of the muscles of mastication. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, 64(3), 275-277. https://doi.org/10.1016/0030-4220(87)90002-8