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165 Possible Causes for Mastication Difficulties

  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

    Factors contributing to the complexity of temporomandibular diseases are its relation to dentition and mastication and the symptomatic effects in other areas which account[] […] for referred pain to the joint and the difficulties in applying traditional diagnostic procedures to temporomandibular joint pathology where tissue is rarely obtained and[]

  • Ganglion Cyst

    Ganglion cysts within the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), although uncommon, typically present with swelling, pain, trismus, and difficulty with mastication.[]

  • Otitis Externa

    Difficulty with mastication. Signs: Ear pain out of proportion to exam that is exacerbated by pulling on the pinna and putting pressure over the tragus.[]

  • Breast Hamartoma

    difficulties.[] She had developed difficulty in mastication for 1 week. There was no history of pus discharge, bleeding, and trauma.[] These lesions infrequently cause pain, but may grow to large size causing difficulty in speech and mastication.[]

  • Parkinson's Disease

    From the impediment to speech, the difficulty in mastication and swallowing, the inability to retain, or freely to eject, the Saliva, may with propriety be inferred an extension[] […] retained in the mouth until masticated; and then as difficultly swallowed.[] […] food is conveyed to the mouth, so much are the actions of the muscles of the tongue, pharynx, &c. impeded by impaired action and perpetual agitation, that the food is with difficulty[]

  • Pathological Fracture

    It is defined as a progressive tonic contraction of the muscles of mastication that results in decreased mouth opening.[] This condition can lead to impairment of speech and eating, malnutrition, poor oral hygiene, and difficulty with dental treatment.[]

  • Zygomatic Fracture

    Additionally, the fracture components may result in impingement of the temporalis muscle, trismus (difficulty with mastication) and may compromise the infraorbital foramen[]

  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

    A 15 year old girl was referred for isolated orofacial pain on mastication, increasing difficulty in eating, and weight loss. Past history was unremarkable.[] Bilateral crepitations, malocclusion, weakness of the mastication muscles were present. Other joints and eye examination was normal.[]

  • Fibrosarcoma

    There was associated history of difficulty in speech and mastication.[]

  • Peritonsillar Abscess

    Physical examination usually reveals trismus, with the patient having difficulty opening his or her mouth because of pain from inflammation and spasm of masticator muscles[]

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