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Revista Española de Cirugía Oral y Maxilofacial

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MOREY MAS, M.A. et al. Management of temporomandibular ankylosis during childhood by means of arthroplasty and soft tissue distraction. Rev Esp Cirug Oral y Maxilofac [online]. 2004, vol.26, n.4, pp.240-244. ISSN 2173-9161.

Condylar damage can produce temporomandibular joint ankylosis. If ankylosis ocurrs in early childhood can develope facial asymmetry or mandibular hypoplasia. In these cases, several therapeutic options have been used, but distraction osteogenesis offers a new excellent alternative because it allows elongation of soft tissues and can be performed in childhood. We present a bilateral temporomadibular joint ankylosis in a 9 years old girl, who was treated by means an arthroplasty and extraoral distraction devices, only for elongation of soft tissues and keeping space between skull base and mandibula to avoid reankylosis and to allow condylar remodelation.

Keywords : Temporomandibular joint; Ankylosis; Distraction; childhood.

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