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Rivista Italiana di Chirurgia Maxillo-Facciale 2005 January-December;16(1-3):85-9

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Tophaceus pseudogout of the temporomandibular joint: report of a case and a review of the literature

Berengo A., Pacvino G. A., Cenzi R

Department of Maxillo-Facial Surgery and Odontostomatology Hospital S. Maria della Misericordia, Rovigo, Italy


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Tophaceus pseudogout is a rare joint disease which is characterized by the presence of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals in the articular and periarticular tissue. The rarity of this pathology can make the diagnosis very difficult expecially compared to malignant tumoral masses of the TMJ. To our knowledge there have been less than 30 cases reported worldwide involving the temporomandibular joint. A case of tophaceus pseudogout with condylar destruction of the left temporomandibular joint is presented, with a review of the literature.

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