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Journal of Medical Case Reports

, 4:263

First Online: 10 August 2010Received: 11 December 2009Accepted: 10 August 2010DOI: 10.1186-1752-1947-4-263

Cite this article as: Thangarajah, T., Mcculloch, N., Thangarajah, S. et al. J Med Case Reports 2010 4: 263. doi:10.1186-1752-1947-4-263


IntroductionA dislocation of the temporomandibular joint represents three percent of all reported dislocated joints.

The treatment entails reduction of the deformity and this can often be achieved in a ward setting.

Case presentationWe present the case of a 29-year-old Caucasian man with a non-traumatic bilateral anterior temporomandibular joint dislocation. Following several unsuccessful attempts, due to both inadequate patient analgesia and sedation, joint reduction had to be performed in theatre with the patient under general anesthesia.

ConclusionThis case highlights the importance of providing the patient with adequate analgesia and sedation when attempting the reduction of temporomandibular joint dislocations.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1752-1947-4-263 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Tanujan Thangarajah - Neil Mcculloch - Suthan Thangarajah - Judith Stocker


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