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15 Possible Causes for Jaw Stiffness, Masseter Spasm

  • Tetanus

    It also had a full blown clinical picture of neonatal tetanus including: masseter spasm; generalized rigidity; a high pitched cry: and intermittent opisthotonos posturing.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Early symptoms of tetanus include: Painful muscle spasms that begin in the jaw (lock jaw) Stiff neck, shoulder and back muscles Difficulty swallowing Violent generalized muscle[health.nsw.gov.au] Symptoms usually begin eight days after the infection, and include headache and muscular stiffness in the jaw, followed by stiffness of the neck, difficulty in swallowing,[wpro.who.int]

  • Temporomandibular Joint Subluxation

    The patient will complain of masseter muscle spasm and discomfort.[nursingcenter.com] After a few weeks, some of the elastics are removed to allow motion and reduce joint stiffness. If the jaw is wired, you can only drink liquids or eat very soft foods.[medlineplus.gov] Furthermore, spasms of both the masseter and pterygoid muscles worsens as time elapses, therefore making the reduction procedure more difficult [ 2 ].[jmedicalcasereports.biomedcentral.com]

  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

    The effect of manual therapy on masseter muscle pain and spasm. electromyogr Clin Neurophysiol. 2010;50:107-12. [ Links ] 3- Bjordal MJ, Couppé C, Chow RT, Tunér J, Ljunggren[doi.org] […] the mouth; jaw stiffness; locking of the jaw and others.[theory.yinyanghouse.com] […] muscles upon waking, and stiffness of the jaw or actual trismus.[medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com]

  • Jaw Fracture

    […] of the pterygoid and masseter muscles prevent it from moving back.[patient.info] Signs of a broken jaw include: Facial bruising, swelling or numbness. Jaw stiffness, tenderness or pain that worsens with biting and chewing. A bleeding mouth.[colgate.com] […] appropriate to the individual and to the sport. [ 10, 11 ] Mandibular dislocation The condyle becomes locked when it has extended too far forward (in relation to the eminence) and spasm[patient.info]

  • Malignant Hyperthermia

    The triad of masseter spasm, hypercarbia and hyperthermia within 30 minutes of exposure to triggering factors was present and was treated successfully with dantrolene.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Jaw stiffness was first noted although trachea was intubated without difficulty.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Neither masseter spasm nor rigidity of the limbs was seen during induction. Body temperature (BT) at induction was 36.0 degrees C.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Central Core Disease

    Masseter spasm and malignant hyperthermia: a retrospective review of a hospital-based pediatric otolaryngology practice.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Muscles 601 Case 98 A Boy with Short Stature Small Jaw Muscle Hypertrophy and Stiffness 609 Case 99 An Elderly Woman with Muscle Spasms 612 Case 100 A Woman with Proximal[books.google.com] Masseter spasm and malignant hyperthermia: a retrospective review of a hospital-based paediatric otolaryngology practice.[doi.org]

  • Temporomandibular Joint Dislocation

    Regardless of the subtype (anterior, posterior, superior, medial, or lateral), spasm of the masseter, temporalis and pterygoid muscles ensues and prevents the mandibular condyle[symptoma.com] Your entire face can swell, making your jaw painful and stiff. Bleeding from the mouth can occur, causing breathing difficulties in some people.[healthline.com] The patient will complain of masseter muscle spasm and discomfort.[nursingcenter.com]

  • Ludwig's Angina

    This is not a fascial-lined space; infection in this area is in direct contact with the masseter muscle and usually induces intense spasm in the muscle, resulting in a profound[exodontia.info] Nonspecific constitutional symptoms: Fever, malaise, anxiety Pain: Tongue, throat, jaw, chest, neck stiffness Dysphagia, dysphonia Dentition, dental care suboptimal Transport[5minuteconsult.com] Sub-masseteric infections occupy the potential space between the lateral border of the mandible and the masseter muscle.[exodontia.info]

  • Stiff-Person Syndrome

    Botulinum toxin A injections into the bilateral masseter and neck paraspinal muscles provided pain relief and spasm control, illustrating the use of botulinum toxin A injections[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Now it’s in my neck and my jaw, and different parts of me spasm at different times,” she said.[couriermail.com.au] We present a case of a 48-year-old male patient with SPS who experienced facial and neck muscle spasms that were uncontrolled with oral medications and the use of an intrathecal[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Stiff Skin Syndrome

    Brainstem reflexes: spread of brainstem reflexes into pericranial muscles, reflex spasms; attenuated reflex inhibition (loss of S2 component of masseter inhibitory reflex;[movementdisorders.org] […] and exhaustion vaginal dryness in women, which can make sex painful rashes (especially after being out in the sun) a dry cough that doesn't go away swelling between the jaw[nhs.uk] […] and ears (swollen salivary glands) muscle pain joint pain , stiffness and swelling difficulty concentrating, remembering and reasoning Some people have other conditions closely[nhs.uk]

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