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SUBJECTIVE AND OBJECTIVE MEASUREMENT OF RESPONSES TO THIRD MOLAR IMPACTION SURGERY.
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX
Clinical criteria, consisting of an appraisal of surgical difficulty and postoperative pain, and chemical criteria, consisting of changes in serum free and urine total 17-OHCS, were studied on 71 patients who had undergone the removal of mandibular third molar impactions. A significant association was found between surgical difficulty and serum free 17-OHCS concentration in blood specimens taken at both 1 hour P .01 and 3 hours P .05 postoperatively. No significant association was found between pain experience at 3 hours postoperatively and serum free 17-OHCS concentration when the blood samples were drawn at 1 hour postoperatively. A significant correlation was found between pain experience at 3 hours postoperatively and serum free 17-OHCS concentration when the blood samples were drawn at 3 hours postoperatively P .01. No significant differences in urine total 17-OHCS concentration were detected when the subjects were grouped according to either surgical difficulty or postoperative pain experience. Author
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