Decompression Sickness Affecting the Temporomandibular Joint
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX
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Three cases of pain-only decompression sickness of the temporomandibular joint following altitude chamber exposure are presented. A detailed interview of each individual revealed no other joint involvement or other complaints. A careful neurologic examination failed to disclose abnormalities. In each case, the pain resolved completely with recompression, supporting the diagnosis of decompression sickness. Decompression sickness limited to this small joint is extremely rare, and may easily be confused with other causes of joint pain. Keywords Decompression sickness Temporomandibular joint Altitude chamber.
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