Isolated arthritis of the temporomandibular joint as the initial manifestation of juvenile idiopathic arthritis

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  • Objective: To describe characteristics of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) presenting with isolated arthritis of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Methods: Patients with JIA with isolated TMJ arthritis from 4 large tertiary pediatric rheumatology centers were included. Demographic and clinical data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results: Fifty-five patients were identified (65% bilateral presentation). Six patients developed arthritis in other joints (median time 6 mos); 4 patients developed uveitis, all prior to arthritis. At last followup, 9% were still taking antirheumatic medications. Conclusion: JIA TMJ arthritis can occur in isolation, and is probably underdiagnosed. Care providers including dentists and orthodontists should be aware of this presentation. The Journal of Rheumatology
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  • Hügle B; Spiegel L; Hotte J; Wiens S; Herlin T; Cron RQ; Stoll ML; Vinod S; Stoustrup P; Pedersen TK
  • Start Page

  • 1632
  • End Page

  • 1635
  • Volume

  • 44
  • Issue

  • 11