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Jaw claudication. Its value as a diagnostic clue.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6823455     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Jaw claudication accompanies relatively few disorders, but it may be an important presenting feature that heralds serious underlying disease. In temporal arteritis, for example, jaw claudication rather than the classic finding of unilateral lancinating headache may be the distinguishing symptom. In the case reported here, jaw claudication was a prominent symptom for five months in a black woman. Temporomandibular joint disease can produce pain similar to that of jaw claudication, as can rheumatoid arthritis involving the temporomandibular joint in the elderly. Myasthenia gravis closely mimics jaw claudication, and parotid tumors can produce similar pain. Atherosclerotic narrowing of the external carotid artery proximal to the origins of the facial and maxillary branches is a rare cause of jaw claudication. Recognition of the importance of jaw claudication can lead to early identification of the underlying disease and quick initiation of therapy to avoid serious complications.
B W Goodman; F A Shepard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Postgraduate medicine     Volume:  73     ISSN:  0032-5481     ISO Abbreviation:  Postgrad Med     Publication Date:  1983 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-03-17     Completed Date:  1983-03-17     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401147     Medline TA:  Postgrad Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  177-83     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnosis
Diagnosis, Differential
Giant Cell Arteritis / complications,  diagnosis*,  drug therapy
Jaw Diseases / etiology,  therapy*
Myasthenia Gravis / diagnosis
Pain / drug therapy
Prednisone / therapeutic use
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome / diagnosis
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