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J Korean Assoc Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2000 Feb;26(1):97-104. Korean. Original Article.
Yi AN , Han SY , Yun KI .
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, College of Medicine, Hallym University.
Dr. Han's Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics, College of Medicine, Catholic University.
Department of Cranio-maxillofacial Surgery, College of Medicine, Catholic University.

The temporomandibular joint arthrocentesis is indicated the `closed lock' due to anterior disc displacement without reduction. It can be easily carried out under local anesthesia with little complications. We performed arthrocentesis to the 24 patients, 9 patients who suffered from acute or chronic closed lock with anterior disc displacement, 2 patients from temporomandibular joint dysfunction related to systemic disease and 13 patients from joint dysfunction with pain. We present the common clinical aspect of arthrocentesis that operator can be easily faced with and possible modifications of this method.

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