The effect of arthrocentesis of the temporomandibular joint in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Norman Trieger, Charles H. Hoffman, Eduardo Rodriguez

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Purpose: This study evaluated the objective and subjective changes in a group of rheumatoid arthritic (RA) patients with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) complaints who were subjected to joint lysis and lavage. Patients and Methods: Twelve females with previous documented RA underwent baseline assessment with erythrocyte sedimentation rate, physical examination of TMJ function, and a visual analog pain scale (VAPS). The VAPS and jaw function changes were recorded at 2-week intervals for 6 weeks after lysis and lavage under local anesthesia in an ambulatory setting. Results: All patients showed statistically significant post-treatment improvement in their pain, and function was enhanced. Conclusion: TMJ arthrocentisis is a useful adjunct in the short-term management of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-541
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Volume57
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Temporomandibular Joint
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Therapeutic Irrigation
Pain Measurement
Blood Sedimentation
Local Anesthesia
Jaw
Physical Examination
Joints
Pain
Arthrocentesis
Therapeutics

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  • Dentistry(all)
  • Surgery

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The effect of arthrocentesis of the temporomandibular joint in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. / Trieger, Norman; Hoffman, Charles H.; Rodriguez, Eduardo.

In: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vol. 57, No. 5, 05.1999, p. 537-541.

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Trieger, Norman ; Hoffman, Charles H. ; Rodriguez, Eduardo. / The effect of arthrocentesis of the temporomandibular joint in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. In: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 1999 ; Vol. 57, No. 5. pp. 537-541.
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