Acute dental malocclusion associated with lateral pterygoid muscle partial tear: Case Report and literature review

Smaranda Buduru, Andreea Kui, Daniel Talmaceanu, Oana Baru, Nicolae Bolog, Roxana Stanila Popa, Imad Abu El-Naaj, Ioan Tig

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Abstract

Background: The article presents a rare case of acute malocclusion produced by a unilateral partial tear of the lateral pterygoid muscle and an up-to-date literature review of the pathology. Clinical presentation: A 37-year-old female was examined; her chief complaints were pain on the right side of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) area and mastication impairment associated with major occlusal modifications and anterior open bite. After magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) of the TMJ and subsequent MRI for soft tissue, the final diagnosis was a partial right lateral pterygoid muscle tear. Conclusion: The case shows the value of combined imaging in temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and the importance of soft tissue evaluation in addition to articular examination, as the primary pathology might lie outside the joint. The authors’ review of the current literature did not hitherto reveal a similar case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalCranio - Journal of Craniomandibular Practice
Volume42
Issue number1
Early online date17 Apr 2021
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2024
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Acute malocclusion
  • MRI
  • TMD
  • TMJ
  • lateral pterygoid muscle tear

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