Korean J Oral Maxillofac Radiol.  2003 Jun;33(2):107-112.

A comparison of clinical symptoms and magnetic resonance images in temporomandibular joint disorders

  • 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, College of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University, Korea. sangrae@khu.ac.kr


To determine the relationship between clinical symptoms and magnetic resoncance (MR) images in patients presenting with temoporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was based on 172 joints in 86 patients presenting with TMJ disorders. Joint pain and sound during jaw opening and closing movements were recorded, and the possible relationship between disc positions and bony changes of the condylar head and the articular fossa in MR images in the oblique sagittal planes were examined. Data were analyzed by Chi-square test. RESULTS: There was no statistically significant relationship between clinical symptoms and MR images in the patients with TMJ disorders. CONCLUSION: In the patient with TMJ disorders, joint pain and sound could not be specific clinical symptoms that are related with MR image findings, and asymptomatic joints did not necessarily imply that the joints are normal according to MR image findings.


temporomandibular joint; temporomandibular joint disorders; magnetic resonance imaging
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