What is the morbidity of TMJ syndrome?

Updated: Jan 02, 2018
  • Author: Vivian Tsai, MD, MPH, FACEP; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The morbidity of the disorder is related to significant pain on movement of the jaw. While some patients' symptoms may resolve within weeks, others may have chronic symptoms that persist even with extensive therapy.

One study by Rammelsberg et al followed 235 patients over 5 years. [7] In this study, roughly one third of patients had completely resolved pain, one third had continuous pain over the 5 years, and one third had recurrent episodes with periods of remission.


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