Obstructive sleep apnea associated with temporomandibular joint destruction by rheumatoid arthritis: Report of case

Toshio Sugahara, Yoshihide Mori, Tomoaki Kawamoto, Masayoshi Sakuda

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Abstract

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with micrognathia caused by destruction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may develop obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).1 Tracheotomy is thought to be an effective treatment of this condition.2,3 We performed bilateral total replacement of the TMJs in a tracheotomized OSA patient with RA using alloplastic TMJ components. This treatment resulted in dilation of the upper airway, permitted closure of the tracheal stoma, and improved masticatory function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)876-880
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Volume52
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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