Maxillary sinusitis as a differential diagnosis in temporomandibular joint pain-dysfunction syndrome.
ABSTRACT Maxillary sinusitis may be diagnosed incorrectly as TMJ pain-dysfunction syndrome because of a similarity of signs and symptoms. Both conditions can manifest with headache, facial pain radiating to the ear and the maxillary teeth, preauricular pain, and pain in the buccal vestibule posterior and superior to the maxillary tuberosity. It can be concluded that (1) more consideration should be given to sinus disturbances as a differential diagnosis in TMJ pain-dysfunction syndrome, (2) it may be preferable to refer some patients with TMJ pain to a medical center where specialists in dentistry, otolaryngology, neurology, rheumatology, and psychiatry can evaluate the patient, and (3) TMJ pain-dysfunction syndrome should be evaluated and treated by a dentist experienced in management of this disorder.
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ABSTRACT: This study compared, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the self-reported medication usage between an adult female orofacial pain population and a comparison group. Eighty-seven subjects from both an orofacial pain center (OPC) and undergraduate dental clinic (UDC) completed a standardized medical history questionnaire. Both groups had a similar distribution with regard to age. The number of medications and medication categories were compared between the two groups. Statistical analysis used the Student t-test, Fisher's exact tests, Pearson's chi2 tests, and calculated odds ratios. The number of pain and non-pain medications, and the number of medication categories endorsed by OPC subjects was significantly higher compared with the UDC group. Adult female orofacial pain subjects report greater overall and higher rate of medication use, which was not limited to only the analgesic/narcotic categories, than the comparison group.Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontology 05/2007; 103(4):487-96. · 1.50 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: In patients with chronic orofacial pain, an underlying sinus hyperreactivity may contribute to the clinical symptoms of a diagnosis of atypical odontalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, or temporomandibular disorders. The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of histamine-related maxillary sinus hyperreactivity in patients manifesting signs and symptoms of idiopathic maxillary pain and to correlate the respective findings with the presence or absence of chronic maxillary sinusitis-related diagnoses such as allergy, chronic mucosal inflammation, and eosinophilia. Fifty patients who had been assigned a diagnosis of idiopathic maxillary pain underwent skin allergy tests, maxillary sinus histamine provocation tests, and maxillary sinus mucosa biopsy. Histamine challenge to a selected area was performed during transoral sinuscopy of the maxillary sinus; a positive test result was defined as the development of a significant local mucosa response such as reddening and swelling. Comparison of the data showed most patients (38%) to have an absence of chronic maxillary sinusitis-related diagnoses, whereas the most common multiple diagnosis was found to be chronic mucosal inflammation in combination with eosinophilia (22%). Regarding the prevalence rates of positive histamine provocation test outcomes, a significant difference was found between the diagnostic subgroup "absence of chronic maxillary sinusitis-related diagnoses" (36.9%) and the diagnostic subgroups "chronic mucosal inflammation" (20%; P< .05), "chronic mucosal inflammation in combination with eosinophilia" (18.2%; P< .05), and "chronic mucosal inflammation in combination with eosinophilia and allergy" (14.3%; P < .01). An analysis of the distribution of chronic maxillary sinusitis-related diagnoses revealed absence of chronic mucosal inflammation-related diagnoses to be significantly more frequently associated with positive histamine provocation test outcomes than with negative histamine provocation test outcomes (41.2% vs 19.7%; P< .01), whereas chronic maxillary sinusitis (41.0% vs 29.4%), eosinophilia (26.2% vs 17.6%), and allergy (13.1% vs 11.8%) were found to be more prevalent in patients with negative histamine provocation test outcomes. The findings of this study suggest patients with idiopathic maxillary pain to be associated with a low rate of sinus hyperreactivity, whereas a positive test outcome with histamine provocation may not be linked to the presence of chronic maxillary sinusitis-related diagnoses such as allergy, chronic mucosal inflammation, and eosinophilia. Further investigations using a larger sample size of patients with idiopathic maxillary pain and nonidiopathic maxillary pain are necessary to demonstrate the presence or absence of an idiopathic maxillary pain-specific prevalence of maxillary sinus hyperreactivity.Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontology 06/1999; 87(6):685-90.
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