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Painful Swelling of the Temporomandibular Joint

CASE CHALLENGE NUMBER: 8

Jeffrey-A-Burgess, DDS, MSD; Lars G. Hollender, DDS, PhD; Peter F. van der Ven, DMD, PhD

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The following Case Challenge is provided in conjunction with the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.


In September 1999, a 59-year old woman was referred by her dentist to an Oral Medicine practice for evaluation of acute pain and swelling in her right temporomandibular joint (TMJ).


After you have finished reviewing the available diagnostic information, make the diagnosis.

Case Author(s)

Jeffrey-A-Burgess

Jeffrey-A-Burgess

DDS, MSD

Dr. Burgess received his dental degree as well as a certificate and Masters in Oral Medicine from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He was awarded an Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institute of N...

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Lars G Hollender

Lars G. Hollender

DDS, PhD

Peter F van der Ven

Peter F. van der Ven

DMD, PhD